Cub is a properly nasty Belgian horror film about some young cub-scouts being hunted out in the wild. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Steve Moore (of Zombi) captures the thick fug of tension very effectively, with synths that alternate between creepy arpeggios and massive dark swells. On Relapse.
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- Cub - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Steve Moore
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 27 October 2015
Really pleased to see Steve Moore getting some real soundtrack work, as opposed to having to invent his own films to soundtrack. The lad certainly deserves it after the years of service his put in both as a solo artist and as one half of ultimate horror tribute band Zombi. I can't believe he never got the call when Martinez was compiling the Drive soundtrack. What was he thinking! Well here's hoping our boy Moore has the last laugh.
"Cub" is the directorial debut of Belgian filmaker Jonas Govaerts and tells the tale of group of cub scouts terrorized on a annual camping trip by a bizarre poacher and his feral son that have laid mad traps all over the forest. You can imagine. Sounds scary as shit right? Just imagine how spooks the soundtrack is.
Moore is in his element here, it's almost like shooting fish in a barrel. Sweeping synth drones: check, isolated spooky organ arpeggios: check, sharp sawtooth basslines: check, dramatic stabs followed by breathy moments of incidental ambience: check. It's all here. Lad doesn't miss a trick and, of course, I'm loving it. Moore explores all the territory that made spooky music spooky in the first place. His ability to forge incidental pieces that touch on the greatness of others (Carpenter, Goblin, Moroder,Fiedel etc) whilst somehow sounding unique to his own vision is a pleasure to behold. He's definitely in pure fanboy mode here but he does it with such a respect for the source material/ideas.
It's easy enough to see this as a stand alone Steve Moore release especially with the obscurity of the film release itself but the real test of these tunes is to see weather they're fit for purpose. Gonna have to track down the film and find out. In the meantime, if you're a fan, you might aswell get tucked in 'cause this is mad decent, film or no film.
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