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Soundtrack review: One and two (Nathan Halpern – 2015)

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For someone like me the plot of “One and two” is about as inviting as it can get: two brothers with extraordinary supernatural abilities live at a remote farmhouse isolated from the world. As they start exploring their territory and their abilities they begin to wonder if they are being kept in or the world is being kept out. The score for the movie was written by Nathan Halpern and this will be my first contact with his music.

Minimalistic film music how I cherish you golden period right now… I can never get tired of these quiet, ambient, reflective sounds that just latch themselves to the walls of my souls and grow and develop there, attracting emotions and feelings that otherwise would stay hidden. But my emotions trust this sound and are attracted by the chimes and subtle inflexions of a score like “One and two”. I don’t miss noise and explosive cues; I don’t miss action pieces. I like it here, immersed in this musical mist that makes me feel like I am somewhere out of time, free to just lie there and think, remember, wish. Nathan Halpern’s music is the equivalent of an eternal spa by a lake on a quietly rainy day. The beauty and delicacy of the sound soothes my senses and makes me feel chills.

I actually think “One and two” could work as music for a massage spa and for the most relaxing rooms in there. But if I said that I would feel like I would diminish the merits of this score. The music has heart and is not afraid to open it up to us. How charming is a cue like “The lake”? It could also work on one an eerie atmospheric computer game. I love where the music takes me and I don’t want to leave this dream. Even the titles of the cues which depict various parts of the scenery and various characters seem appropriate for an exploration computer game.

I get the strange sensation of being weightless when I listen to “One and two”. I also feel as if nothing has a hard consistency in this world: the ground is soft, the rocks are soft, the water is silky and everything I touch takes the form of my hand. I feel like floating and drifting and it is a very peaceful and pleasant sensation. This was one remarkable score and even for the minimalistic trend film music is on right now “One and two” is special. For my soul this was a real treat and I will keep this one close.

Cue rating: 94 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 24 / 33

Album excellence: 71%

Highlights:

The Farm

Night Flight

The Well

Cicadas

The Lake

The Woods One And Two (Reprise)

The Wall

The River

Eva Remembers

The Father

The Grave

Over The Wall

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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