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Soundtrack review: Everybody’s gone to the rapture (Jessica Curry – 2015)

“Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture” is a first-person adventure video game. It is a story-based game, taking place in a small English village whose inhabitants have mysteriously disappeared. The player can interact with some objects, such as doors and radios. As the game progresses, the player learns more about what has happened. When I was in high school or college these quests were my favorite types of games. Everyone was into these strategy or world building games but not me. I just wanted an adventure and the pleasure of discovery. Nice to know that they are still making games like these. The score by Jessica Curry has been very talked about and I couldn’t wait to hear it.
The eerie opening sets the tone for the score: only a female angelic voice welcoming us to the end of the world. Then “Finding the pattern” comes with a string section that just floors me. It’s not quiet enough to count as atmospheric and I imagine myself getting pulled into what the cue is telling me. This is not background music, this is gorgeous music that can stand on its own. The game scores that dominated last year were more eerie and ambient but Jessica Curry goes into James Newton Howard “The village” territory in some moments here and that is sacred ground to me.
This is not your typical score because it’s not only instrumental. Almost every cue includes that female vocals, here renaissance like, there angelic and chant like, but always beautiful and moving. I can imagine this guiding angel dressed in while helping me find my way. There’s also a Celtic undertone and I could dream forever while listening to this score. I love the sound and the mood of Jessica Curry’s wonderful composition. The music is gentle and heartfelt. It goes straight to my heart and brings me inner peace. This is a safe place I will want to revisit quite often. There’s a special sensitivity in the music; there are flute pieces that make me think of innocence and this is a world I would love to get lost in.
If you are looking for a score to cherish and cradle at your chest, “Everybody’s gone to the rapture” is for you. I’ve heard such a beautiful and angelic composition, never too dramatic or exaggerated but always poignant and lovable. I will play the game as well because I want to associate this beautiful music to equally stunning visuals. Jessica Curry told me a story I will love to hear over and over again.
Cue rating: 91 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 38 / 66
Album excellence: 58%
Highlights:
All The Earth
Finding The Pattern
Liquid Light
The Mourning Tree
A Choice
An Early Harvest
The Fragmenting
A Beautiful Morning
Carry Me Back To Her Arms
A Storm Over Yaughton
Little White Lie
Aurora
The Pattern Calls Out
I Hope You Find Peace
Slipping Away
I Am Not Afraid

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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