It’s a funny thing, when you collect film music you sometimes think that you know the style of many of the composers that you favour, well I thought I knew what to expect from composers Gus Reyes and Andres Sanchez, up until I heard their score for, LA IRA O EL SEOL that is, When I first started to listen I thought, this is certainly different, but I should know that composers who write for film are a talented bunch and are able to alter their style and also the sound that they create from film to film, to suit the scenario of the film and also the style of the movie. LA IRA O EL SEOL contains a score that is a lot darker and complex than anything Sanchez and Reyes have written before, well at least darker than anything I have heard from them. This is a menacing sound here, a virulent and chilling persona comes through and does effectively chill one to the bone. It is in my opinion one of the most accomplished and polished scores that they have penned to date. I am a fan of dark and shadowy scores and this one fits the bill perfectly, there is a real sense of the unknown and the foreboding purveyed within the work, often fleeting sounds or hints of themes and motifs can be disconcerting for the listener as one is trying to focus upon what one thinks is an emerging theme, but instead another sound hits you out of nowhere, the cue HELL on the score is a harrowing piece and the composers make effective use of choir and Soprano, I would not say that it is a melodic cue, but more of an impacting and powerful one, with the voices of the choir bringing an uneasy and unnerving quality to the work.
These attributes also manifest themselves throughout the remainder of the score, the composers creating a sinister and unhinged sound that for me evoke the works of composer Gyorgy Ligeti, in REQUIEM ll: IL KYRIE and ATMOSPHERES. The use of the human voice being a vital component to the creation of a fearful and near chaotic sound. I have to say that when listening to many of the cues on the score I did feel uncomfortable as in spine tingling so. LA IRA O EL SEOL is a robust and vibrant work, complex yet attractive, uneasy yet at the same time mesmerising. Take a listen, it’s a rewarding experience. Recommended.