Travelers Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television s score Travelers by Adam Lastiwka.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 97.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 52.2
Album Excellence: 90%
Travelers is a 2016 American science fiction television series created by Brad Wright and starring ric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter & Nesta Cooper. The series is a co-production between Netflix and Showcase. Hundreds of years from now the last surviving humans have developed the technology to send their consciousnesses back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These "travelers" assume the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams to perform missions in order to save humanity from a terrible future. The score is composed by Adam Lastiwka.
This is another show I have only briefly visited. I watched the pilot back in 2016 when it premieres, thought it looked pretty good, but didn’t continue. I’m a sucker for time travel stories and this should fit in well, even with the sort of supernatural twist of "possessing" dead people in the past. The composer Adam Lastiwka is a new name, for me at least. I see that he’s composed for film, television and trailers before, but this has got to be his big break. Let’s see how he does. The opening cue ‘Protocol’ made me check if something was off with the volume. The first few seconds the music is barely there, but then it grows into a fully fledged electronica piece and it’s quite nice as well. Although nice is, well… nice. I hope that it grows from there into a truly magnificent score.
In ‘Homodeus’ things are starting to shape up nicely. I particularly like the rhythm here as it presses on. It gives a sense of urgency which in turn gives me some excitement. I also enjoy the more reflective slower sequences. It’s not a showstopper necessarily, but I feel that this is where this score should be headed. What about the mood of the score? Predominately dark I would say, but there are times it really lightens up the mood. Take ‘Phillucinating’ for example. Sure it starts off in the dark and it’s a dark cue overall, but the buildup to the sequence starting around 1:25 and culminating into a really positive inspirational sequence at 1:47 is just what the doctor ordered.
‘Temporal Transmigration’ surprised me. Until that cue, everything has been EDM inspired electronic music. This one goes into moody minimalism without as much as a synth present and it’s a perfect respite. Not that I mind the electronic music, but when that cue started playing I had no idea how much I needed a little break. Sometimes it goes into a territory I like to call Darkwave, where it has a little retro viboe going on coupled with dark sci-fi untertones like ‘On Spiritual Machines’. This score has a little bit of everything for everyone who loves synth music and I’ll be sure to note down Lastiwka’s name and hope that there can be more releases in the future.
6. Temporal Transmigration
7. On Spiritual Machines
9. Signatures Of Time
11. Trevor Does Transdifferentiation
12. The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be
13. Spectres And Vessels
16. Null And Void
17. Can’t Let Go
18. Stand Down!
20. Recursive Eden