Watch that film with the music off, I still maintain, and it becomes a particularly caustic domestic comedy. The score opens with a locust plague of dry tremolos, the strings pressing down until the sound has reached a roar. It's a sound with tremendous menace and weight. Meanwhile, the hectic yet quiet strings creep in and out of the piece before bringing proceedings back to land with the primary theme, one that becomes increasingly ominous.
Where once the listener was lost in the dissonant beauty of the composition, this short theme brings purpose and constancy to the work, a frequent reminder of the macabre nature of the film.
Individual tracks are largely unimportant within the cohesive whole - in a similar way to Jonny Greenwood's work soundtracking Paul Thomas Anderson's films, Mica Levi displays a propensity for expertly synthesising disparate musical forms.
Various other comparisons can be easily made - These New Puritans' Field Of Reeds springs to mind, both in terms of both acts' guitar-based background and by the comparison of the music displayed- Under the Skin OST is a work that is as unique as the film itself, working as well in isolation as it accompaniment.
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