Top 3 Movie Soundtracks to listen to right now (April 2019)

In a new monthly series brought to you by, we’ll be going through some of the best scores/movie soundtracks to listen to. This month’s list includes, Jordan Peele’s “Us”, Aquaman, and Jonah Hill’s directorial debut “Mid 90’s”.

  1. Aquaman” by Rupert Gregson-Williams (Honorable mention his previous movie (“Wonder Women”)
  • Rupert Gregson-Williams is onto his second Marvel film after setting a high standard with Wonder Woman, this score takes a different direction and includes vintage synths alongside those big brass cues and typical superhero movie EPICness that we’d expect.
  • After a solid vocal performance from Skylar Grey, the album launches into some sweet cinematic goodness. With the synths kicking in right away on “Arthur”, we see that the main theme pops its head out. The main theme is quite slow moving and is mainly carried by a beautifully composed layer of brass, synth accompaniment and just to top it off a wonderfully lush layer of choir (Occasionally).
  • After this we are launched into the auditory world of Aquaman, with many rises and sweeps we are launched into every superhero sound, from Huge EPIC horns, all the way to emotional subdued sections for space and depth.
  • Overall a great listen, perfect for working or doing tasks to, or even just relaxing and reading.


    2. “Us” by Michael Abels

  • Second time movie composer Michael Abels gets his second chance to show us how tense and unnerving he can make a movie sound with Jordan Peele’sUs”.
  • The single from the movie is a classic “I got five on it – Luniz”, and can now be never unheard in Abels very distorted and manipulated fashion, with a sound of the song breaking and becoming so twisted it’s hardly the same song.
  • After the single we’re launched into a world of stabby string sounds, all kinds of interesting foley sounds that are then manipulated to create musical anxiety in the listener.
  • This is one to listen to when you’re by yourself, or reading something scary, or trying to freak out your neighbors. Listen at your own risk.


    3. “Mid 90’s” by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (Song selection Jonah Hill)

  • In Jonah Hill’s directorial debut “Mid 90’s”, we hear a nostalgic 90’s based playlist with everything from Wu-Tang Clan to Nirvana all the way to Joey Bada$$ and Misfits.
  • Mostly comprised of hip hop composed in that period, very specifically selected by Jonah Hill to represent his time growing up.
  • Interestingly Reznor and Ross decided to score Mid 90’s after a skype call with Hill in which he asked them to capture the “sound of the elation and the confusion and the pain of childhood”.
  • Hill said he also chose the duo because he wanted to hear what their interpretation of “warmth” would be, as a contrast to the “coldness and lack of connection” displayed in their previous soundtracks. (Gone Girl, The Social Network, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
  • The most wild part of creating this soundtrack was how busy both Reznor and Ross were, so much so that Reznor completed most of the soundtrack backstage on Nine Inch Nails’ 2018 European Tour. Reznor said once about the completion of the soundtrack “I remember we got to the Royal Albert Hall early and finishing the closing credits cue and then went on stage”


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