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School-based horror film Cooties (starring Elijah Wood!) has an adventurous original soundtrack accompanying it, courtesy of Belgian producer Kreng. The drama runs strong through this music, which uses trip-hopping beats, lots of synths, and plenty of strings to create tense atmospheres. It stands up to listening in isolation too. On Death Waltz.

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Cooties by Kreng
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 08 December 2015

Not content to merely release the year’s least holy drone pantomime, evil producer Kreng has lent his skills to Elijah Wood and summoned the score to theatrical release ‘Cooties’. A horror film that packs a whole lot of kitsch and spook, this record takes a different turn to Kreng’s slow, unmoveable doom, with kids’ choirs, toy instruments, shimmering drum marches, subdued trip-hop motifs and organ improv making for a very Death Waltz time indeed.

Kreng is giving Blanck Mass a run for his money here, making his electronic pastiching sound maximalist and furious at times and letting up with melodies that make us peek around the corner in fear of what’s coming next. A few extremely brief motifs build around dissonant, wiry string arrangements and a gruesome, blockbuster synth/drumbeat tradeoff. At other points, Kreng would rather those strings are delicately plucked and swollen, as if momentarily trying to convince us he’s on our side before building into the next 8-bit climax.

As with most Death Waltz soundtracks, there’s a shocking amount of musical diversity hanging from Kreng’s score, which makes the ambient passages kinda disorientating and the big, synthy bluster rather odd -- without the film navigating proceedings, it just sounds like someone flicking through folders on their computer. Their weird, silly, glitzy, impossibly big computer. That will eat you.



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