Brian Reitzell's score to the highly-anticipated computer game WATCH_DOGS. Full of infectious beats and atmospheric, retro-futuristic synths, the score is a further achievement from composer Reitzell, who has previously written music for the highly-rated U.S drama series HANNIBAL as well as working on multiple scores with acclaimed director Sofia Coppola, the latter of which has featured collaborations with French band AIR and Kevin Shields of MBV fame.
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Since being drummer for Redd Kross, Brian Reitzell has kept himself busy with soundtrack work, with big titles like 'Lost In Translation', 'Stranger Than Fiction', 'The Virgin Suicides' and '30 Days Of Night' on his impressive CV. Lately he's also been branching out into TV work, scoring the 'Boss' and 'Hannibal' series, and games, first with 'Red Faction: Armageddon' and now with 'Watch Dogs', an open world hacker thriller set in an alternate version of Chicago. He also brought out a solo album on Smalltown Supersound last month. Busy lad.
Anyway, this game soundtrack I'm listening to now has lots of coolly throbbing synth textures and slick dystopian atmospheres full of slicing metallic swoops and fragmented, hinted melodies along to the drone-like pulses and simple skittish beats. I get the impression that this is a game which is quite futuristic and suspenseful. Sometimes all the drones and pulses get quite shivery and intense, sometimes they're more contemplative, but the melodies, when they do appear, tend to be slow to unfold. 'Elevated Trains' does offer a minute and a half of tranquil solace in the middle, but for the most part these are tense electro soundscapes constructed with the assured lightness of touch of someone who's done this before.
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