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April 21, 2013

M83 – Oblivion Original score


Last night, Wes and I made it out to a showing of Oblivion. If the multiple posts on the Facebook page weren’t evidence enough of my excitement of this movie, let me just say that I’m a huge M83 fan and was highly anticipating hearing this score integrated into the visuals of the movie.  Anthony Gonzalez has long been known for his ability to create lush, expansive, synthy soundscapes, but he pulls out all the stops in this score.   Teaming up  with producer Joseph Trapanese (who assisted with M83’s critically acclaimed 2011 album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” and Daft Punk’s “Tron: Legacy” soundtrack.) Anthony absolutely kills it. In the same way Vangelis paints the melancholy mood in Blade Runner (that, in many respects, is inseparable to the movie itself), M83 weaves a tapestry of sound that will be forever fused with the landscapes and scenes of Oblivion.

One of the most alluring features of Gonzalez and Trapanese’s orchestration is their ability to not show their hand too early in a track. A perfect example of this is “StarWaves.” The song ebbs and flows, teasing listeners with bits of epic moments to come. Eventually, they go all-in with an onslaught of soaring string lines and hammered drums. Visually matched by one of the most beautiful scenes of the movie as Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough take a late night swim, in a glass bottom pool in their 3,000 foot high sky tower.

Oblivion: StarWaves


Although a bit contrived on the dialog at times, the movie provides these brief moments where the visual and aural mix and make for one of the most stunning experiences I can remember from a movie. Each track comes in at around 5-6 minutes, all instrumental except for the epic title track sung by the amazing up and coming Norwiegan singer Susanne Sundfør.

Oblivion: Oblivion

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