Archive for July, 2012

In love with a soundtrack, the movie, or both ?

As I watch tons of movies, sometimes under a huge stockpile of DVD hides a hidden gem…Such was the case for Drive, which was praised by the legendary Robert Ebert and had a standing ovation at Cannes festival in 2011. So what the fuss is all about ? Drive is a neo noir crime thriller film directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston (Breaking bad) and Albert Brooks. Although Drive shares several characteristics with the similarly-named 1978 Walter Hill car-chase film, The Driver, it is actually adapted from the 2005 James Sallis novel of the same name, with a screenplay by Hossein Amini. But above all I fell for its 80’s antics and especially its new wave ish synth-pop soundtrack by Cliff Martinez, as I’ve rarely felt compelled to download and buy a soundtrack on I:Tunes plus its vinyl afterwards. The tittle track, entitled Nightcall by Kavinsky is produced by one of Daft punk and shares some of the magic of their early french touch work in the 90’s. Nightcall”was produced by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo and features Brazilian lead singer of CSS, Lovefoxxx. The track was used in the title sequence for Drive.  Most of its ethereal electronic-pop score was composed by Cliff Martinez, who was a drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Refn was a particular fan of his ambient work on the Sex, Lies, and Videotape soundtrack. The score contains tracks with vintage keyboards and bluntly descriptive titles. Refn wanted electronic music for the film and to have the music occasionally be abstract so viewers can see things from The Driver’s perspective.He gave composer Martinez a sampling of songs he liked and asked Martinez to emulate the sound, resulting in “a kind of retro, 80ish synth-pop” result. A real dream like movie and soundtrack as well. Be sure to check this out and the movie as well !

Kavinsky – Nightcall

Cliff Martinez – Hammer

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