Score Saturday: Paint It Black – Westworld – Ramin Djawadi

Westworld is probably one of the best things I’ve seen in 2016. With a premise that gets to seamlessly fuse the past and the future, the music too gets to be as inventive. Case in point is the totally amazing modern rendition of the Rolling Stones classic – Paint It Black.

Ramin Djawadi is fast becoming one of my favourite composers. I loved his work in Person of Interest, and of course we all know he totally rocked Game of Thrones with his music, and now Westworld! I love how he plays with different genre music, and his unconventionality.

The piece intensifies as it progresses, finally reaching a goosebumps inducing epic high. This is the kind of music that you want to pump through your speakers at full volume 🙂

 

 

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Score Saturday: Mowgli Wins The Race – John Debney

The best 40 seconds of music you will listen today!! 🙂

When I recently saw The Jungle Book, I instantly noticed its beautiful and atmospheric music. Music forms a big part of magical films such as this and John Debney makes the best use of the opportunity to flesh out a score that sounds both original and befitting to the scale and imagination of the story.

The BAM! moment, though, came much later, towards the very end. Just before the end credits you have our little Mowgli racing his buddies against the jungle and winning, at last. The music that accompanies this whole parkour sequence is out of this world, to say the least. John uses the Indian tabla rhythms to the best effect, adding that tropical flavor. But one can also not forget those superimposing violins, cellos and even French horns to boot!

Grand and nostalgic, this one!

(But why, god, why, is this only 40 seconds long!!!) Gotta spam that Loop button. 

Score Saturday: I’m Back, Lucious – The Village – James Newton Howard

No matter what the naysayers say, I still believe that Night Shyamalan’s The Village is one damn beautiful film, and which affected me on multiple levels. Yes, it probably was marketed wrongly as a horror/thriller, but once you see through the outer cover what remains is a poignant tale of innocence and love and charm. While the cinematography and acting were absolutely top-notch, the best thing about this film is its score!

The Village wouldn’t be the film it is without James Newton Howard’s mind-blowing cello/violin harmonies. It’s the soul of the film and stayed with me for a much longer time. While I can have the entire score of the film playing in the background when I need some musical drift, the piece below from the End Credits best sums up all the main motifs.

My favourite part: From 5:39 onwards….

 

Score Saturday: Divenire -Ludovico Einaudi

There are a few moments in your life when you want to feel completely encapsulated by music. To take you away from here into a far far land, a land of bliss. Someplace that allows you to peer deep inside your heart.

Ludovico had only been a very recent discovery of mine, thanks to a friend. But boy, the music he makes is out of this universe! And I’m left wondering, where has he been all my life!!

Hard to pick a favourite, but this is what I was listening to today.

Remembering David Bowie

It’s ironical how ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ is one of my most favourite songs ever(that bassline literally blows my mind) and yet I’ve listened to so few of David Bowie in all the years that I’ve known this song.

Anyway, I open Spotify and lo! Looks like the good people over there have created a custom playlist today feauring 50 of Bowie’s iconic songs over the years. Listening to some of the songs, I can truly see why he was considered an innovator of his time. Some of his musical experiments are hugely exhilirating, and I can only suppose, even more so during his time.

 

Even if you don’t have Spotify, I strongly suggest giving The Man Who Sold the World a go. Everything, I tell you, everything about this song is fantastic. That haunting opening melody, the slightly robotic voice, the high-octave piano in the background and of course, that prominent bassline!

RIP.

P.S. The Man Who Sold The World is also covered by Nirvana which is probably more well-known but I just love the original.

 

Score Saturday: Married Life – UP – Michael Giacchino

People who’ve seen this film will have the actual scenes from the song flash in their mind. Pixar proves that one can tell a beautiful love story in just four minutes that too without any dialogues and still make people cry. None of this would have been possible without Michael Giacchinos score though. I don’t even have words….how can something be both heart-wrenching and warming at the same time!

 

TAMASHA – A.R. Rahman – Music Review

Click here for the movie review -> Tamasha Movie Review

I wont’s spend too much time on the intro, but let’s just say that this album was something I’d been looking forward to ever since I saw the trailer. Imtiaz Ali and Rahman gave a knock-out album in Rockstar and I was too eager to find out what delights Tamasha hid in its quiver. So onto the songs without any further ado then –

Matargashti 

Another Masakali in the making, this is one of those instantly likable tunes from Rahman. It starts off with a motif that I like to call the ‘Theme of Tamasha’, which also forms the base for the chorus. While Mohit Chauhan has a blast at the vocals, it’s Rahman who transports you to the Mediterranean with thoroughly imaginative orchestration. There’s the usual suspects like the harmonica and accordion, lending a distinct European spice to the song. But he also intersperses it with very Indian string work and the fusion just sings.Read More »

Give me Love – Ed Sheeran

Now there was a time when I used to watch Vampire Diaries, just for the music. And you have to take my word for it. Trust me, I think vampires are the grossest thing ever and am not a masochist in any way. So anyway, the show’s music overseer Chris Mollere does an amazing of picking the right songs as background for the scenes. It’s the kind of music that I adore – mellow and intense. And each episode used to feature no less than 5-6 songs and I have discovered many amazing but lesser-known songs and artists.

Ed Sheeran is everywhere these days. He’s awesome so deserves it all anyways. And this was the first song I’ve heard of him in an episode. I dunno what I like more – that guitar, his voice, or the lyrics. Lovely, powered to a million times.

My favourite bit? That segue at the 2:00 mark. (In this video, it’s at 1:37)

And for the record, I don’t watch Vampire Diaries anymore. I’ll miss the music but the show has become too preposterous to dedicate my time.

Score Saturday: Into Eternity – Thor:The Dark World – Brian Tyler

The second Thor installment was a great movie, and reaffirmed my faith in this franchise.  And of course, the presence of Loki is always a delight! 🙂

The movie had great music, especially this one titled Into Eternity. It had caught my attention while I was watching the move (don’t remember the exact scene now) and I remember telling myself that I should check it out when I got home.  And the track, is it scintillating or what!

It starts out almost in a lamentation and builds up from there, beautifully ending in that crescendo. There are a lot of little details (watch out for the violins in the background), so I recommend listening to this on headphones if possible.

That ending though. Love it.