Atli Örvarsson is a composer who is fast making his mark in the world of film scoring, he has recently undertaken to score some high profile productions and THE FOURTH KIND is probably to date his biggest scoring assignment. The composer has become skilled at utilising numerous musical elements and combining these to come up with haunting and effectual compositions. In this case he has made use of synthesised sounds fusing these with choral work and conventional instrumentation, all of which intertwine and combine to create a union that is at times stunning, emotive and also dramatic. This is a tense sounding score at certain points, but also has a number of musical interludes which can be categorised as almost tranquil or celestial in their make up and overall sound, style and presentation. The composer seems to be able to segue with ease from high drama to low key but effectual moments creating the suitable ambiance for the situation or event that is unfolding within the movies storyline. This is demonstrated perfectly in track number 2, ‘Owolowa’ this is a brooding and fairly dark composition which begins slowly and low key, but builds steadily with the composer introducing instrumentation as each level of the composition establishes itself, this is a masterful and effective piece that certainly has the desired effect of creating a tense and fraught atmosphere, that has an underlying atmosphere that is emotively powerful. The work is not an all theme blazing score, but there are definitely themes present throughout and these seem to more or less creep up on the listener and establish themselves without the listener really being aware until they are in full flow, I personally enjoy this type of scoring in new movies as opposed to full on musical wallpaper or brazen Mickey mousing, Örvarsson has with this soundtrack established himself further to be a composer that scores movies not only intelligently and competently but works for the film and its storyline rather than attempting to create themes that maybe will stand alone away from the production, which is after all what film music is all about. I recommend that you at least check out the samples of this score, once savoured you will want to hear more.

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