Cliff Martinez is responsible for making deadpan synth drones that creep through the eeriest films; he supplemented Nicolas Winding Refn's violent psychological thriller 'Drive' with ambient music that took the film's dark electro-pop and actualised its tense potential. Now, he's gone and made the score for 'The Knick', a new TV series about innovative doctors working in a probably very creepy hospital.
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Set in 1900 New York at a fictionalised version of the improbably-named Knickerbocker hospital (which in real life didn't get that name until 1913, prior to which it was the J Hood Wright Memorial Hospital, which doesn't make quite such a snappy title), The Knick is a new television series starring Clive Owen and some other actors and actresses as they struggle with groundbreaking surgery, cocaine and opium dependence, and deal with the burdens of day-to-day admin.
Providing a starkly historically-inaccurate electronic soundtrack is the estimable Cliff Martinez, a modern day wizard of synth atmospherics who you're probably already familiar with for his work on 'Drive' and his valiant attempt to redeem the ill-advised 'Solaris' remake starring George Clooney. The 20 tracks here once again showcase his ability to create moments of haunting beauty or anxious tension with an assured lightness of touch in delicate synth drones, twinkling melodies and paranoid echoing drumbeats. Now you can relive the tension and ecstasy of such future classics as 'Placental Repair', 'Abscess', 'New Standard Hernia Procedure', 'Will It Hurt' and of course 'Aortic Aneurism Junior' in gloriously detailed stereo.
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