Sound artist and composer Kreng gets a physical release for his score for the grizzled crime-comedy flick LOWLIFE. As with a lot of Invada’s other releases, the music here tends towards the more bombastic end of the film-scoring world. What makes Kreng stand out is his ability to mix tense orchestration ala Bernard Herrmann, visceral treatments straight from the school of Trent Reznor and rich sound design without it ever sounding gimmicky.
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Chums, gather round: it’s time for another edition of Haven’t Seen The Movie, Will Review the Soundtrack. Mercenary hacks that we are I’ve been tasked with describing what evil doom troubadour Kreng is doing on ‘Lowlife’. The descriptions I’ve read make it hard to understand whether Ryan Prows’ directorial debut is a campy B-movie affair or an uncomfortable horror bloodfest: either way, Kreng’s tasked with scoring a script about organ-harvesting, and he creates something with both paranoia and vigour.
It kinda feels like Kreng spends his time off from scoring movies just making his own personal scores, so it’s no surprise that this soundtrack is a versatile mix of ominous implication and terrifying physical aggression. The trembling string punch of “El Monstruo Awakes” is quite phenomenal -- it’s one of the most breathtaking sounds I’ve heard this year, taking the creepin’ and sneakin’ the soundtrack’s been playing with and blasting it into a past existence. “The Shrier” and “El Monstruo Plays” are gorgeous pieces taking homage from horrors, Westerns and even a pinch of cyberpunk, their cerebral arrangements meeting dour piano melodies and shrieking sound effects.
As always it feels near ludicrous to be telling you how to feel about half a thing, but this soundtrack does the business. Fans of nauseating void eaters like Blanck Mass will enjoy hearing Kreng take his harsh sound pallette and put it next to the contemplative guitar compositions found in the Last of Us soundtrack -- by the time you get to “My Boy” it’s pretty clear blood has been spilled, so I'm good never watching this one.
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