Only Lovers Left Alive Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Only Lovers Left Alive by Josef Van Wissem & Squrl.
At a glance:
40 minutes of score
Geek Score: 63.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0
Album Excellence: 0%
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Ready for some deep and dark prog rock? Well you better be, because that is what you are going to get. I’m a fan of prog rock, well, I’m a terrible fan really because I almost never listen to it, but when I do, I usually enjoy it. So who is Squrl? Squrl are: Carter Logan, Jim Jarmusch, and Shane Stoneback. An enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City who like big drums & broken guitars, cassette recorders, loops, feedback, sad country songs, molten stoner core, chopped & screwed hip-hop, and imaginary movie scores. Jozef van Wissem is a Dutch minimalist composer who is interestingly enough credited to score The Sims Medieval. I thought John Debney did that, but who knows. He’s a lute player so I guess he is playing the lonely guitar parts in this score.
This score can be a very hard but rewarding listen at times. It’s very repetitive and sometimes the music goes into sound creation mode with cues like ‘Diamond Star’. Very interesting, but I want to hear some interesting themes or musical development. Unfortunately even the prog rock parts aren’t up to scratch, at least for me. Wissem’s contribution doesn’t really do anything for me either.