A Quiet Place: Original Motion Picture Score LP
This film has been one of the breakout hits of 2018. This is only the second directorial feature for John Krasinski and is an incredibly tense monster movie that is as original as it is scary.
The score by Marco Beltrami is an absolute tour de force, it could even be considered another character in the film. Forceful and bludgeoning one minute and quiet and reflective the next, Beltrami has his players twist their instruments to generate tones and textures not usually associated with them. The layers of sound and percussion on display are incredible, and the opening track 'It Hears You' reminds one of a classic Planet Of The Apes cue: it is disquieting and slightly wonky, but has an incredible hook that immediately lets you know you are in horror territory. Meanwhile, 'A Quiet Family' is a beautiful piano track that prompts the listener to recall the life the family lived before a world of monsters took over. Pianos are detuned and electronics are layered over traditional instruments throughout this album to create something truly unsettling.