Original score for Panos Cosmatos' mesmerizing occult thriller Mandy; this would be Johann Johannsson's final work before his tragic passing earlier this year. The score draws inspiration from doom metal, drone, ambient and distant spectres of John Carpenter's horror synthscapes, underscoring the film's wild rollercoaster of emotions ranging from tender reverie ("Sand," "Dive Bomb Blues") to revenge ("Memories," "Seeker of the Serpent’s Eye"), doom ("Black Skulls") and sheer terror ("Temple"). In addition to sound designers Pepijn Caudron and Yair Elazar Glotman (who assembled the final product after Johannsson's passing), Johannsson tapped Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))) for some truly dreadful guitar work that adds a whole new dimension to his compositions. It's entirely unlike the orchestral balladry of his Oscar-winning Theory Of Everything score or the unsettling drone of Arrival and Sicario, but just as (if not more) stunning. Transparent magenta colored vinyl with deluxe packaging, recommended.
- translucent magenta colored vinyl
- housed in deluxe gatefold jacket w/ UV spot gloss finish
- includes printed insert + horizontal obi strip w/ album tracklist
- limited edition
- original release year: 2018
- music label: Invada 2022
reviewed by military 2step 09/2018