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Under The Skin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Under The Skin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

April 1, 2014
4.9 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2014
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Recently I saw “Under The Skin” in the theater (more on that later) and I made a mental note to myself to check out the soundtrack. The movie score is courtesy of British musician Mica Levi (a/k/a Micachu).

“Under the Skin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (12 tracks; 47 min.) starts with the creepy “Creation”, which plays as the movie opens and we get introduced to the two aliens. “Lips To Void” is an epic 7 min. slow-burner of abstract strings. After a couple of short intermezzos (“Andrew Void” and “Meat to Maths”), we get another epic track, the 7 min. “Drift”, which makes us feel as if we are adrift in deep, deep space. “Lonely Void” is musically the companion piece of “Andrew Void”, with similar leidmotifs. “Bedroom” and “Love” is really two sides of the same medal, and one of the few ‘safe’/non-experimental pieces on here, as the character played by Scarlett Johansson tries the domestic life. “Alien Loop” plays over the end titles of the movie. In all this is one fantastic soundtrack, very abstract, which matches the movie perfectly. If you are familiar with Micachu’s music, this soundtrack may be a surprise but in the end is as experimental as is her ‘regular’ music.

A few words as to the movie: I didn’t really know what exactly to expect, but I can assure you that it far surpassed all expectations I had going in. This turns out to be an original, off-center, science-fiction movie that is as creepy as it is mesmerizing. And Scarlett Johansson's performance as the alien will blow you away.

Bottom line: “Under The Skin”, both the soundtrack and the movie, is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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My latest favorite discovery of the year (yes, perhaps of the entire year), is introduced courtesy of Milan Records – a Los Angeles based label focusing mainly on scores and soundtracks, gracing our ears with the latest from Cliff Martinez, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter and Clint Mansell. By now I pretty much consume everything from this fascinating imprint, and Mica Levi‘s soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer‘s film Under The Skin is no exception. Or wait, perhaps it is extraordinarily exceptional, as far as film scores go: the OST will make you forget that you’re listening to a soundtrack and take you to a dark and spooky world, where music slowly creeps beneath the surface which separates you from the world.

Predominantly acoustic, yet nearly unnoticeably digitally processed, Under The Skin features agitated violas, which could be sampled by Demdike Stare for their next eerie album, disturbing instrument lacerations which could be cherished by the next Joseph Bishara monumental fright score, and menacing minimal percussion which could be used in a bloodcurdling ritual, but thankfully would not. Instead, the chilly dread is wrapped with a slow oncoming fog of suffocating textures, which all come to a climax on my favorite piece of the release, titled “Drift”. The unnerving atmosphere remains throughout the twelve tracks, depicting the story of an alien in human form, observing the world through extraterrestrial eyes. But never mind the tiny grain of science fiction in the movie – I’m thankful for its existence which birthed the music from within.
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I really didn't like the movie but I really like the soundtrack.

I don't know what I watched (except of course a sexy Johansson) but the soundtrack stayed with me afterwards.

The movie was compared to Kubrick films, but I didn't see it as being that great.
But this soundtrack would've been great in a Kubrick film
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So sedately alien, and still subconsciously recognizable; the slow glissando viola leads are so reminiscent of all the best B-Movie or B/W TV horror show cues, the plodding, methodical "heartbeats" from the back of the recording hall to further the slow dread. Ms. Hall did an excellent job visioning the music, then assembling just the right musicians to accomplish this quietly twisted, softly terrifying soundtrack, accomplishing "synthetic" or "electronica" sound fields with a small string orchestra. Delightfully unnerving, if only all sci-fi/horror films could attain this level of excellence in a soundtrack that actually enhances the character and plot, and most importantly, mood.
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Even if you haven't seen the movie I would still recommend this album. It is the perfect counterpoint to the unsettling images from the movie, and stands on its own as a piece of art. Give it a listen and you wont regret it.
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I purchased the soundtrack to this movie because, as a lover of science fiction music, it was far out, eerie and scary. In other words, it was great! And I had to get it right away! Especially unique was the instrumentation. All the music really fit the film well. But after I received and played it, it still was eerie and scary, but seemed a little too repetitious. I then realized that it was weaker without the visuals of the film over it. I'll try to give it another chance as we edge closer to Halloween, and hopefully the music of itself will seem better this time around as seasonal music...
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