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Soundtrack review: Electricity (John Lunn – 2014)

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For fans of the synth and of minimalistic music this score will be a very enjoyable listening experience

“Electricity” is a movie about a sick girl who goes looking for her brother and her journey is marked by the visual and mental effects of her condition. Composer John Lunn is much appreciated in Great Britain because he wrote the score for the “Downtown Abbey” series.

From the first minute of the score I know I was going to love it. It has been a good year for electronic atmospheric scores and this one is no different. Electricity is present in each of the ten cues. The composer went for a minimalist approach and used only a handful of instruments: a piano and a battery of analogue modular synth models. It’s strange but only reading these metallic sounding instrument names makes me like this score.

A good composer doesn’t need more instruments to make us feel everything the main character is going through. Without seeing the movie I know when she’s having the epileptic fits and the visions… I know when she’s feeling lonely… I know when she’s impatient and I know when she dreams. The inflexions in the electronic pulses match the changes in mood and we as listeners take a journey that each of us might perceive in his or her own way. The spaces between instruments allow us to create our own images.

Half an hour is the perfect length for “Electricity”, a score that comes in and serves it purpose. For fans of the synth and of minimalistic music this score will be a very enjoyable listening experience. It will also be enjoyed by who will want to shut out the outside world and take a little time to imagine things…

Cue rating: 90 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 14 /29

Album excellence: 49%

Highlights

Lily

Visions Of Mikey

Waiting

Bye Dave

Enough, No More, That’s It!

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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