Scoring a film remake is never an easy task and it just isn't simply about avoiding utilising similar sounds from the original film. But Eli Roth's take on 'Death Wish' (starring Bruce Willis) has a dramatic and dark yet eerie feel accompanying it on the soundtrack thanks to the cold and nerving elements Ludwig Göransson has brought into the mix. Drawing upon rather and arguably unconventional musical instruments in terms of film score composing, Ludwig's creativity runs fluid on the scoring as it's rather electronic or industrial-tinged moments bring into the fore the mentally degrading nature of Dr. Paul Kersey; think of Walter White from Breaking Bad albeit instead of building a drug empire, the main character switches to killing people and taking the law into his own hands and we see this interpreted through Ludwig's compositions. Whilst the film is an action film, the soundtrack however does seem to take elements from the horror genre, with it's spine-tingling, hair-raising elements that leave you cold, conflicted and above all empathic towards Dr. Paul Kersey. Ludwig could be leading a film score revolution with 'Death Wish', but for now the young Swede has certainly made his eye for detail known with this highly-anticipated film and soundtrack.
'Outlander: Season 3'
SONY MUSIC / MADISON GATE RECORDS
When one thinks of the traditional folkloric barrage that Outlander season 3 delivers (in relation to the Scottish clans fighting at Culloden), the feeling of adventure and gusto arises with it and this entwined with the majestic and maestro-elegance of Bear McCreary's repertoire, ultimately delivers a glistening and flowing orchestrated soundtrack. Reflecting on the atmosphere one would experience on the high seas, or the blood-sodden lands of Culloden or indeed stretching to the enriched sounds of The Caribbean, Bear without a shadow of a doubt epitomizes the pinpoint definition of dramatic and embracing scoring; pomp caresses the spine-tingling sounds created, whilst the saddening symphonic moments give the feeling of sorrow and unease. But what makes this soundtrack special is the varying sounds and elements that are amassed to create the scores herewith presented, the intricacies created to translate the visual settings in the third season in to it's musical equivalent and that the listener can engage with it. With 'The Skye Boat Song' having two variations, a Afro-Cuban one and the other of Scottish Celtic elk, aided by the wondrous talents of Raya Yarbrough and Joel Virgel, the official soundtrack for season three of Outlander is a masterpiece that anyone can engage and visualize with.