An all-new song, “Steal the Show,” from Pixar’s Elemental, is now available – and it is such a feel-good song. Multi-Platinum chart-topping singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Lauv worked with composer Thomas Newman—who’s behind scores for Pixar films Finding Nemo, WALL•E, and Finding Dory—and songwriter Michael Matosic on the film’s original single that can be heard in part during the film and in full during the end credits.
UPDATED SEPT, 2023 – Be sure to also check out the Lofi remix of several songs off the Elemental Soundtrack.
LAUV, ON WRITING THE SONG
In the film, “Steal the Show” helps bring to life an extraordinary journey through Element City where quick-witted Fire woman Ember and go-with-the-flow Water guy Wade realize that maybe they’re not so different after all. “This was one of my favorite songs ever to write because the process was really different,” said Lauv of the creative process.
“I sat down with Thomas Newman and he gave me a couple of sounds that he was working with and I asked, ‘Can I have a couple of minutes in a room, pull up a piano and turn on the microphone?’ I had melodies, chords and a couple of key lyrics totally freestyled after watching the scene. It was a very in-the-moment thing. It was really cool to go back and forth with Thomas and build the whole soundscape and then I combined it with very classic Lauv sounds.”
The song appears in the movie around the point where Ember and Wade show off their talents to each other. The song blends so perfectly with Newman’s score – seriously, it’s such a heart-warming portion of the film.
SOUNDTRACK DETAILS FROM THE DIRECTOR
Director Peter Sohn actually used one of Lauv’s songs as a placeholder early in production. “I love Lauv’s music,” said Sohn, “so when we finally got the chance to work with him, I referenced his music and how we were using it. He captured the beauty [Ember and Wade] saw in each other and how it could be something more. We were so emotional when we first heard his song. It was overwhelming and we feel absolutely indebted to what he gave the film.”
“Steal the Show” is performed by Lauv with music by Ari Leff and Thomas Newman and lyrics by Ari Leff and Michael Matosic. Featuring the song plus original score composed and conducted by Thomas Newman, The Elemental Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Walt Disney Records will be available June 16, 2023, on all streaming platforms.
LISTEN TO LAUV’S “STEAL THE SHOW”
ELEMENTAL SOUNDTRACK COVER
Check out the official Elemental Soundtrack cover, as well as the single cover for Steal the Show (click to view in high resolution).