Now that the Oscars have signaled more or less, the end of the awards season I would like to list a few scores which either didn’t appear in any nomination lists or if they did, didn’t get the gong they deserved. It was a strange year for scores in as much as it started so slow and then [as always I guess] they came in their droves at the end of the year. Comedy scores were many and there was so much good stuff in the endless TV scores on offer.
I have waxed lyrically about some of these scores in the Reviews section of this blog and played tracks from all scores on my Filmic radio show on Radio Nowhere so if you have some time on your hands and a comfy seat check out some of these brilliant scores which didn’t get the attention they deserved.
In no particular order:-
Ant Man – Christophe Beck
The Man From Uncle – Daniel Pemberton
The Fantastic Four – Marco Beltrami & Philip Glass
Aesino’s Inocentes – Pablo Cervantes
Broken Horses – John Debney
Desert Dancer – Benjamin Wallfisch
Far From The Madding Crowd – Craig Armstrong
Lost Rover – Johnny Jewell
A Little Chaos – Peter Gregson
Listen Up Philip – Keegan DeWitt
Ex Machina – Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow
The Duke of Burgundy – Cat’s Eye’s
Gold Coast – Johan Caroe & Lasse Martinussen & Angelo Badalameti
Bertrami and long term collaberator Buck Sanders [billed as the ‘musical experiementor’ – think scratchy, other world sounds on The Homesman soundtrack], have put together a solid soundtrack to the action/thriller movie No Escape where a family move to another country and find themselves in the centre of a political coup.
A sense of country is insinuated in the first track called The Presidents Toast, could it be his breakfast menu or is he seriously in danger? The latter we think when the tones of Eastern music pervade.
It’s mostly a series of short, atmospheric cues as is usually the case with action scores but here and there Sanders does his magic as in the track Coup Coup Roux, a knife-edge track which includes a sound of unknown origin! I couldn’t figure out what it was at all.
The score is a fusion of bass and percussion, ethnic hints and embellished with very weird sounds. I am a sucker for percussion so enjoyed Need A New Roof. Apart from it sounding like left over bits from Beltrami’s score to Snowpiecer, it has the slimmest of a musical thread running through it which holds it together giving the film plenty of intrigue.There is quite a bit of ‘sonic stretching’ together with short burst of what I can only call a distorted, antique banjo!
Not to be written off as a muddled action score, this has more than it’s fair share of worthwhile moments.
1. The President’s Toast (2:23)
2. No Escape (1:29)
3. Little Dreamer (1:07)
4. Jack Wakes (1:08)
5. Market Research (1:53)
6. Coup Coup Roux (2:10)
7. Jack Be Nimble (1:59)
8. Where’s Lucy (0:56)
9. Pool Cue (1:33)
10. Rooftop Refuge (1:15)
11. Need a New Roof (2:00)
12. Roof Toss (3:19)
13. Map Quest (2:35)
14. Atavistic Jack 5. The Bike Thief (1:38)
16. Embassy Issues (1:52)
17. Annie Surrenders (3:24)
18. Fighting For Annie (2:04)
19. Brothel Refuge (1:40)
20. Under the Stars (1:58)
21. 007812 (3:06)
22. Shall We Gather at the River (2:45)
23. Gunshy (2:10)
24. South of the Border (2:23)
25. Border Refuge (2:12)
26. The Story of Lucy (1:31)
27. Take Care Of You [song] (J. James) (3:39) Released by Lakeshore Records