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Soundtrack review: Stasis (Scott Glasgow – 2017)

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Soundtrack review: Stasis (Scott Glasgow – 2017)

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“Stasis” is a 2017 Sci-fi film. After a night out partying and being left behind by friends, Ava sneaks back home to find that she’s already safe in bed. But that’s not Ava… it’s someone who looks like her. A time-traveling fugitive has stolen Ava’s body, which makes Ava a virtual ghost, who is silent and invisible to the world. But Ava is not alone. There are other body snatchers secretly living among us, plotting to alter the future. Ava realizes she can stop these body snatchers and put the timeline back on course. Scott Glasgow wrote the score.

Sci-fi and time travel, count me in, these are my favourite kind of stories so I will definitely check this movie out when it will become available to me. Of course a Sci-fi story could also bring the retro synth sound that’s always been my favourite and as the opening cue “Rebels” starts I get the sweetest “Blade runner” nostalgia as Scott Glasgow uses that masterpiece as inspiration for track I instantly connect with. You can’t go wrong with this sound and when you add a hint of an orchestral melody as well I get the feeling of a story, of the beginning of a beautiful story. I like the subtlety of the synth influence because Scott Glasgow cleverly uses the “Blade runner” type sound just as a coating to his more complex composition. I am simply addicted to the hypnotic synth sound and I like its permanent echo in “Stasis”; like I said the musical story goes deeper and the composer adds his own electronic sound, colder and more aggressive to balance the warmth of the dreamy synth. I am captivated by the atmosphere of the score and as the ambient sound develops it makes me think of a story of space exploration. “Cabal” is a cue that carries me through unknown territories while in the same time giving me a sense of comfort. The music isn’t scary or menacing, just dark and tense. The choral inserts give an even more epic and mysterious sound to the score when they appear.

It’s not all synths in “Stasis” although that’s what I will remember the most; the score is more complex with a love theme, or short orchestral inserts be they cello or piano that add to the warmth of the composition. Even if the overall atmosphere is dark I like this clear presence of the human factor. Lately the Sci-fi thriller scores have gotten a certain sound that always comes up which is generic and quiet so when I come across a score like “Stasis” I am happy and I recommend it wholeheartedly to film music fans; I like that I find themes in it, I like how the cues build up, how they go from synth to industrial tension to epic orchestral like “Transmigration”. “Stasis” is a dense and rich composition that sets a meaningful atmosphere and with the added bonus of the beautiful synth moments it just makes for a very rewarding and enjoyable standalone listen. I can’t wait to hear it in context as well and associate movie scenes with the suspenseful and horror cues or the dreamy and ambient ones.

Cue rating: 86 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 28 / 63

Album excellence: 43%

Highlights:
Rebels
Survivors
Cabal
The Huntress
Remnant
Transmigration
Farewell

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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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