Composer Laurent Perez Del Mar grabbed the attention of soundtrack fans a couple of years ago with his wonderful atmospheric score to THE RED TURTLE, which was overflowing with emotion and haunting themes. More recently the composer scored I KILL GIANTS which was also a fan pleaser His latest scoring assignment “Mystery Henri pick” is every bit as alluring and attractive maybe on this occasion there is not so much poignancy, but the music reflects the films storyline and scenarios. The music I think is quietly urgent with hints of the offbeat if that is something that is possible, I felt whilst listening to the score that there was melody present throughout but at the same time this melodic content was underlined and surrounded by a tense and slightly apprehensive air or atmosphere, how can I describe it? Maybe the melodies are distracting one from what is actually happening, it’s like they are lulling you into a false sense of security, the melody becoming the main focus of the listener and them not noticing that something darker could be about to happen. The composer makes effective use of both strings and percussive elements that support and compliment each other, there is also some lilting and delicate piano performances within the score either supported by strings or at times solo, with the piano at times taking centre stage or becoming the foundation of the cue/track.
This subdued but taught style was evident in one of the composers other scores MON GARCON which is another worthwhile addition to any film music collection. The Maestro, has a talent for creating wonderfully effective themes that shine through even at the most sinister or dark periods of his score, with a real sense of the mystical being present in many of the cues, but also we are treated to a slightly more up-tempo and contemporary sound in cues such as LES PREMIERES RECHERCHES, there is a kind of jazz/neo classical sound going on throughout where the composer utilises strings or solo violin that is supported and enhanced by a slightly upbeat backing. I would describe the score as being low key for most of its duration, but this does not mean it is not a work that is filled with innovative and pleasing compositions, we are presented with mysterious sounding nuances, emotive and delicate themeatic material and urgent and quirky variations. Overall this is an interesting but above all a highly entertaining score.