Lakeshore Records will release The Family Fang – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on April 29 and on CD May 13, 2016. The album features the film's original score by Carter Burwell.
"The central characters in The Family Fang are adult children who have not successfully grown up," Burwell explained. "To suggest this, the score relies on the celesta, a bell piano familiar to listeners from the 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' in Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker."
"For another level of context 'celesta' is French for 'heavenly 'and I used it here to suggest Annie and Baxter's childlike qualities, their fragility, but also their aspirations," said Burwell. "The innocence of the celesta is contradicted somewhat by the use of bittersweet harmonies which have more in common with the blues than Tchaikovsky. They're used to suggest the siblings' dysfunction and sadness. It's only in the last scene of the film that these overcast harmonies burn off and the light shines in."
The Family Fang opens in New York on April 29 and expanding to theaters nationwide and On Demand on May 6.