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- Under The Skin OST by Mica Levi
9/10 Jack Donnison Customer review, 22nd December 2014
Like a metallic fly scratching at the surface of a distant, crusty moon. Like a replicant's icy gaze. Like a furrowed mound of flesh in the corner of a shed. Like these comparisons, Under the Skin is hard to pin down. However, that's not to say that the film - and the score - are things that can't be enjoyed; quite the contrary (in my opinion). Mica Levi supposedly wanted the score to replicate the inner sonics of Scarlett Johansson's character's body: the internal clockwork of her alien digestive tract; probably not the formation of the extra-terrestrial's cosmic shit though... but I could be wrong. Building further upon the sounds explored in Micachu and The Shapes' collaborative work with the London Sinfonietta Orchestra (with the album "Chopped and Screwed") there's a plethora of detuned string sections, in the manner of Penderecki and Johnny Greenwood's work on Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master" - as well as a clear thread of inspiration from the found-sounds of the Music Concrete movement (it reminded me of Tim Hecker a great deal as well; but now the comparisons are getting tedious, so I'll curtail it there). However, despite Levi's clear influences (or rather what I assume to be her influences) she still manages to summon something wholly unique, chilling and surreal - much like Glazer's achievement with the film itself.
In summary: lovely stuff.
8/10 sheila Customer review, 4th April 2014
went to see the film the other day. man next to me said it was the biggest pile of shit he'd seen for years. me, I was utterly transfixed. some OSTs, you wonder why they're in the same film, this one meets the film and makes it better, and it seems to stand up separately too (tho maybe cos I've seen the film and feel indelibly etched by it). sure, there's repetition of themes and if I listened to the album end to end a lot it might get old (but you could say the same for once upon a time in the west). ...i could play this in the car at night and slowly drive past single men and look for bumps on backs of motorbikists heh heh heh.
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