Author: Emma Pierce
Despite it’s (less than impressive) acting and excessive, romantic, self-help, anything is possible idiosyncrasies, there’s an incredible scene in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty where Ben Stiller’s character (or should I say stunt double) is flying down an Icelandic mountain on longboard. This scene was used for almost every trailer or promotional video when the film was released in 2013 and the song featured in it?
“Step Out” by José González.
Live In Europe, the most recent release from González and The String Theory orchestra, was recorded last year during their critically acclaimed sold-out collaborative tour, the second following a remarkable 2011 tour that earned them thunderous applause from across the continent and globe. The tour/record features new versions of classic tracks from González’s three solo albums, including his cover of The Knife’s “Heartbeats” – the song TV shows always use to make us cry.
The String Theory is a Berlin and Gothenburg-based artist collective/think-tank/experimental chamber orchestra that considers experimental music and grassroots networking can exist outside currently existing business structures. The String Theory orchestra and González began working together in 2009 during an interdisciplinary workshop in Gothenburg, Sweden (González’s hometown), and have been conquering the world with their spellbinding compositions, commanding avant-garde string presence, and evocative lyrics ever since.
Check out the two videos below to see how it all comes together:
dTickets are still available HERE to see José González & The String Orchestra perform at the Paramount Theatre on April 2nd, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show begins at 7:30 PM.
EMMA PIERCE | | KXSU Senior Digital Editor
Can’t make the show but still want to see José González perform? Click HERE for a full performance (Live on KEXP) recorded in 2016.