Only Lovers Left Alive

This soundtrack that accompanies the film Only Lovers Left Alive is by Jozef Van Wissem -- avant-garde composer and a baroque lutenist -- and SQÜRL -- "an enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City" comprised of Carter Logan and Jim Jarmusch. It is rock and psychedelic and blues and lute melodies call back to music and culture from ancient Berbers to Baroque. 

Morocco, where part of this film unfolds, is a home to the beautiful pear-shaped instrument --- the ancestor of the European lute and modern guitar -- the oud. The oud dates back to the time of pharaohs, a time before North Africa was sliced into countries, from as early as 3200 BC. This instrument has many variations and histories, and is common across Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek, and Middle Eastern music-- to give it short shrift. The oud deserves an entry unto itself (see Ode to Oud).