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Artist: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Title: Sicario OST
Format: 12"
Label: Varèse Sarabande
Rated: *****
When I saw Sicario at the cinema, the last movie by Denis Villeneuve, that I compulsively decided to see as it features Benicio Del Toro, one of my favorite actor of the jetset, I didn't know who made the soundtrack, which managed to catch my sense almost more than the plot and the other elements of the movie. By some kind of freakish coincidence, I noticed the soundtrack of Sicario in the huge pile of releases to listen andm, wondr of wonders, I could explain the reason of his remarkable quality when I read its author is Berlin-base Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, who is not a newcomer in this branch of composition - he already composed the soundtrack of another well-known movie by Denis Villeneuve, "Prisoners" and recently signed james Marsh's "The Theory Of Everything" OST (definitively not my favorite kind of movie, but that's it!), who was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Film Score and eared both Oscar and BAFTA nominations for best original score -. What mankes this soundtrack an enthusing listening experience for demanding eardrums got explained by Johannsson's own words: "I was partly inspired by the spectral writing of composers like Gerard Grisey and Horatiu Radulescu while the percussive aspect of the score was partly inspired by the group Swans - I wanted to capture a kind of relentlessly slow and mournful but still ferocious and brutal energy; I used a combination of 65-piece orchestra and individual soloists, combined with extensive electronic manipulation of the recordings , to create the score. The orchestral writing is textural rather than melodic". Featuring players like long-lasting partner-in-art Hildur Gudnadottir (cello), Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (vocals, modular synthesizer), Skuli Sverrisson (bass) and Shazad Ismaily (guitar, percussion), this OST is a real delight even for all those listeners, who didn't really like soundtracks. It's available on CD as well.



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