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Soundtrack review: Perihelion (Gergo Elekes – 2015)

Perihelion

2015 is truly the year of minimalism in film music. 2014 started this trend but this year it’s something else. This makes the fact that almost 8 months in my favorite score of the year is still the loudest and most explosive one (Tom Holkenborg’s Mad Max- Fury Road) all the more remarkable. But if there’s something that can quiet down those thundering drums and rain love above that scorched landscape, that something is “Perihelion”. Just like every hero needs a villain so a score like that one needed the totally opposite end of the musical specter.

Gergo Elekes wrote a very short score for a very short film and with this he became a giant for me. The way to my heart is quite hidden and very narrow. The entrance is protected and is small, almost invisible. It takes a very special kind of sound to be able to find it there; it needs to be quiet, almost invisible but made of the most indestructible material you can think of. Each key stroke on the piano… every touch of those black and white key push this musical needle deeper and deeper inside me and I am left defenseless. The music of “Perihelion” is quiet but as meaningful as anything I’ve heard this year. This is one of those compositions that just stun me and leave me frozen, unable to move, unable to think; I can just feel and let this warmth take me over. The music is beautiful and meaningful and it tells me the story of a very personal loss. By the time we get to “The hill” I am almost in tears because something truly beautiful, almost perfect, must have gotten lost and nothing can replace it. Could I have prevented that loss? Was it my fault? Can I survive only with the memories of what was once and now it’s gone? There are moments during this score when I wonder if there is any meaning to the present with that big hole inside me.

In just under 15 minutes, Gergo Elekes made a musical statement that will last forever. “Perihelion” is one of the most beautiful things I have heard in a very long time and it both charmed and scarred me. This composer knows loss and knows how to make us feel it or remember it. This score is the farthest and most isolated place you can imagine and yet you might not want to leave that place. I want to see the movie it was written for because it will make the music feel even more whole. I will mention his score every time someone will ask me about the most beautiful compositions of 2015.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 14 / 14

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

Childhood

I Am Not Alive

The Window

Waking Up

The One Who Loves Me

Bathroom Memories

That Ritual Movement

Photo

The Hill

Perihelion

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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