Welcome to Soundtrack Supplement, I hope that you are al well, there are a handful of interesting releases around, and I have selected just a few of these to include here.
Composer Alan Williams has for several years been scoring a variety of movies and documentaries. One of his recent assignments is for the Chinese made feature film The Legend of the Forest, this is a large-scale score, the composer employing a grand sounding orchestra to which he adds the sounds of traditional Chinese instrumentation.
This is a wonderfully thematic work that just overflows with a rich and affecting air, the fusion of the more traditional symphonic styles with that of ethnic Chinese performances is at times stunning and breathtaking.
The composer seamlessly integrating the contrasting styles both of which complement and support each other throughout the work. It is an enthralling and commanding score, brimming with a luxurious sound that can be compared with and evokes the music of the golden age of movie music, rich and romantic, apprehensive, and powerful, dramatic and melancholy, this is truly a great score.
Part two of Ms Marvel is also released this month, the score by Laura Karpman is an infectious work, part two is a collection of music from episodes 4 through to 6, and is well worth checking out, inventive, innovative, and haunting in places, available on digital platforms.
Paws of Fury-The Legend of Hank is a fun score, as is the animated movie about a cool cat that is a canine, it literally oozes so many 1970’s musical trademarks, with Shaft like guitar and soul and funky vocals, music is by Bear McCreary, who treats us to a fun packed rollercoaster ride of disco infused cues.
Effective and affecting themes are scattered throughout the score, the composer creating a rhythmic and compelling soundtrack, disco meets Kung fu and a lot of funky stuff in between, great listen recommended.
Noches de Paz is a 2022 short film, which has a brief but charming and haunting soundtrack by composer, Dennis Gleiss, when I say brief, it is just over 7 minutes in duration and contains just three cues, but each one of these is enchanting and mesmerizing. The movie focuses upon Leo a 9 year old child soldier who is tired of waiting at a military checkpoint. He sees how his adult soldier partners take away some refugees of the enemy side and cheers for them. When all this is over, he realizes a little girl and her mother, 2 more refugees, have escaped. The mother of this 11 year old girl Lisa, leaves her at the checkpoint where Leo is, without knowing he’s there hidden. Then she leaves searching for help. Moments after that, Leo comes out of hiding, and the two children meet. At first their relation is not good, Leo threatens to hand her over their soldier partners, and Lisa mocks him.
But as the night goes on, both experience situations that make them change and grow up. When the night ends, their lives and themselves won’t be the same anymore. The music captures and supports the storyline adding depth, emotion and atmosphere to it, the composer creating beautifully tender and fragile tone poems that weave in and out of the story as it unfolds on screen, well worth a listen and available on the likes of Spotify.
Composer Natalie Holt is in demand of late, with her work on Obi Wan Kenobi causing something of a stir amongst movie music fans, her score for the Hulu series The Princess, is also a work that I urge you to listen to, it is a mix of symphonic and synthetic,.
The composer melding these elements well throughout, to fashion a relentless and commanding soundtrack. It’s a score that has to it so many colours, textures and shadings of dark and light, there is a fearsome and foreboding mood that runs through the score, on which the composer builds the remainder of the work at times creating up-beat compositions and at other times realising a more traditional sounding symphonic sound. Natalie Holt is a composer I think we will be hearing a lot more of in the not-too-distant future.
At the turn of the 19th century, Pugilism was the sport of Kings, and a gifted young boxer fought his way to becoming champion of England. This is the story of the movie Prizefighter, which has a suitably edgy and hard-hitting soundtrack by composer Paul Saunderson, who works with percussive elements, synths, and urgent strings to create a wonderfully atmospheric and inventive score. Again, available on digital platforms.
Also a quick remainder that on Monday July 18th Howlin’ Wolf records will release Psycho Storm Chaser, music by the talented composer Andrew Scott Bell, the score for this horror, slasher, drama is superbly thematic and truly affecting and effective, the composer realising an atmospheric and moody musical persona that at times is reminiscent of Goldsmith and Williams, this is a must have release, powerful, relentless and above all thematic and haunting, the music is commanding and totally absorbing. Don’t delay order your copy of the compact disc now at Howlin’ Wolf Records (howlinwolfrecords.com) and while you are there check out all the other horrific goodies including another new release Force to Fear by Matt Cannon, which is a brilliant synth score, that has to be heard to be believed.
This week a two track single of music from the movie Sticks has appeared, music is by Lasse Elkjaer, this is another quality horror score, which contains nods to the style of composer Christopher Young, (shades of Hellraiser), this is well worth a listen even if there are only two tracks available at the moment, maybe the complete score will arrive soon?.
Hurts Like Hell-Chapter 1, is a Thai drama series that revolves around Muay Thai, a Thai sport regarded as a national heritage. The narrative unravels the dirty and underworld secrets of the once-respected sport through the eyes of boxers, referees, coaches, gamblers, and commentators. It dramatically depicts the illegal gambling and match-fixing that people indulge in, which become the reason for Muay Thai’s downfall. The series is airing on Netflix and has a score by composer Bill Hemstapat, it’s a mood laden work, thick with so many colours and textures that interweave and combine to create marvellously atmospheric moments throughout.
The composer treating us to action cues that appear alongside apprehensive and tense sounding compositions, and dark fearsome percussive pieces. Well worth a listen, available on digital platforms.
Other scores on digital platforms this week include Death Count by the ever industrious and inventive Scott Glasgow, Jezabel by Tomas Barreiro, and a score that evokes the style and delicate touch of the much missed Maestro Georges Delerue, which is Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, music by Rael Jones. The latter title is highly recommended. Well, that’s it for another soundtrack supplement, happy listening.