Soundtrack Review: Videoman

Soundtrack Review: Videoman

Videoman Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Videoman by Robert Parker & Waveshaper.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 33.5
Album Excellence: 100%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Videoman AKA Videomannen is a 2018 Swedish comedy thriller directed by Kristian A. Söderström and starring Stefan Sauk, Lena Nilsson & Morgan Alling. A VHS collector with a drinking problem finds a valuable movie that could save him from eviction. When the movie gets stolen he starts a desperate hunt for a perpetrator. An alcoholic woman obsessed with the 80s is a victim of work place bullying and struggles to develop a relationship with her grown up daughter. These outsiders joined by nostalgia and broken dreams starts a romance and make each other self aware, a step in the right direction when trying to solve their respective problems. The score is composed by Robert Parker & Waveshaper.

For everyone who loves 80s synth music, I have a feeling you’re in for a treat, and that includes me. Robert Parker and Waveshaper are two Swedish artists who’s been riding the Synthwave phenomenon for a while. It’s modern artists creating music like we never left the 80s and that’s pretty awesome. Of course we’ve seen a rise of these scores in film music as well such as Eddie The Eagle, Kung Fury, Turbokid and of course Stranger Things. There’s even a documentary about it and the score I reviewed last year. It’s called ‘Rise Of The Synths’ and even though I’m pretty sure it’s not out yet, the music and concept is gorgeous. The score opens with ‘Prologue’ and a synth that will eat you alive, devour your very being. It’s gorgeous and that’s just the intro. The theme itself is born from the glorious 80s. I’ve been a huge fan of Waveshaper for a while and this is the reason why. I love the authenticity of the sound and the way there are “artifacts” in some of the sound.

Videoman seems very much like a love letter to the 80s and it’s a shame I have no idea when the movie comes out. The theme for ‘Videoman’ is super sweet, nostalgic and awesome. What’s great about this music is not only that it’s written for a movie, but it can be your 80s movie, whatever you want it to be. ‘Videoman’ for example takes me back to my youth and school days, perhaps young love. Then you have Robert Parker, a true legend in the Synthwave genre. The mood he can create with just over a minute of music in ‘Office’ is all you need to know about Robert Parker who might be on his way to genius-hood. The most crazy thing though is that we haven’t even gotten to the theme part yet of the score and it’s so damn sweet when ‘Simone’s Theme’ hits me. Oh man it’s just 80s romantic heaven. It’s too good, it’s too damn good. I’m in love, it may be fictional love, but that theme has got me going crazy. It’s Dreamwave at it’s finest. ‘Ennio’s Theme’ is darker, but still beautiful and very memorable.

What do I have to do to get you buying this score when it comes out? I’d do almost anything to make it happen, because this is one of the finest synthwave scores and albums in recent years. It’s a glorious testament of the decade that just gives and gives. So fire up the cassette player, grab those Cool Ranch Doritos and your Tab Cola and get binge listening to this marvel of a score.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Prologue
2. Videoman *
3. Office *
4. Simeone’s Theme *
5. VHS Passion
6. Faceless
7. Ennio’s Theme *
8. Stolen Tape
10. Drift Apart
14. Burglary
15. Franco’s Den
16. Confrontation
18. Anyone There?
19. A Sense Of Loss
20. A Love Long Gone
21. Hunted
22. Demise (Instrumental) *

GD Star Rating
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