'This is a true story…' well, probably not but Noah Hawley's critically acclaimed television remake of Joel & Ethan Coen's black-comedy crime-drama Fargo (starring Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton among others) has been an resolute success, ushering in a second season (due in 2015) and a vinyl pressing of the series' O.S.T composed by Tonic frontman and composer Jeff Russo (Tonic, The Unusuals, Power). Russo' score uses a simple method to tap into the psychology of each of the stories characters, assigning them specific instruments and motifs to reflect their personality traits.
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I have to admit I haven't yet seen the TV adaptation of the Coen brothers' classic 'Fargo' (although I have seen the film). I don't really have time to watch telly, I have too many records to listen to. Jeff Russo plays guitar in Tonic, but more importantly he's already got several soundtracks under his belt so don't let his rock background mislead you - with a couple of exceptions there's very little rock here.
What there is, however, is expansive neoclassical miniatures (only 11 of these 28 tracks pass the two-minute mark) which range from full on John Williams epicness to quiet orchestral introspection and droning tension. Sometimes there's gentle guitar twinkles and pizzicato strings amidst the atmospherics, and in several places it's reminding me of Mogwai's 'Les Revenants' soundtrack, but with a greater breadth of emotions, from Hovis homeliness and chocolate box romanticism to chilly snow-bleached desolation, to solo drumbeat panic, always beautifully arranged and full of sonic subtlety.
Apparently different motifs and instruments represent different characters in the series, so the music probably seems even cleverer if you've seen it. Either way it's beautifully done. If I have a criticism it's that in LP form the pieces can be so short that it's a bit scattershot in places, but despite their brevity this is music with real drama and gravitas.
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