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Soundtrack review: Stealing sunrise 2: Malibu trail (Night runner – 2017)

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Soundtrack review: Stealing sunrise 2: Malibu trail (Night runner – 2017)



“Stealing sunrise 2: Malibu trail is a 2017 action movie. Nine years after the 1986 crime-spree of Bunch, Sheriff Pat Porter’s daughter “Gina” receives some unexpected news from those events which compels her to continue the case to fulfill her deceased father’s legacy. That news brings her some unlikely help from a few characters of the past in not only finding out what became of the whole fiasco, but she also finds that together, they have a chance to make everything right. This sets them on their path to Malibu and proves to be no fun as there are others on the same mission, but with their own sinister agenda… including king of the Malibu underworld, “Markovich”. Night Runner wrote the score with help from a few other composers.

When I saw the poster of the film and the cover of the album my heart immediately started pumping with nostalgia as the stylised sunrise, the colours and the fonts used made me instantly think of Synthwave; my retro obsession kicked in and as son as the music started I knew I was in for a treat. It’s no secrets for readers of my website that I have the softest of spots for 80s synth music and for the genre that’s gained incredible traction these past couple of years, Synthwave, the genre that’s is giving new generations a chance to discover that unique sound. I listen to “”Dojo wars” and I just giggle with delight as it’s pure and perfect 80s electronic goodness, from the rhythmic and alert branch; I don’t care, rhythmic or dreamy is still awesome when it comes to this sound.

A Synthwave score is also the one place where I usually accept vocal tracks in the score listening experience and in the review; in this genre the voice is just another element, another tool, another piece of the puzzle and I love the Adrian Star track “In the dark” and his melancholic voice makes me think of New Order or Martin Gore. But man oh man, the Night runner tracks…each of them is a synth action anthem that just makes me want to turn the volume way way up and bop my head and want to get into a convertible car and cruise.

It rarely gets better than Night Runner for a Synthwave composition. I’ve listened to a lot of music through the years but when somebody writes a track like “Serious talks” which sounds like a combination from my two favourite 80s scores of all time “Scarface” and “Miami Vice”, it’s a showstopper. All the elements are there: the ambient dreamy mood, the chimes, the sax and I am beyond delighted. This is simply perfect music for me and by the time “Nuclear countdown” comes I am afraid I won’t be able to take it, it’s really too much awesomeness for one album. Yes I geek out and go into retro fan boy mode when I hear a score like this because this is the sound of the best decade ever, the inimitable 80s. If you are into retro synth music you have to rush and listen to “Stealing sunrises 2: Malibu trail”. Now.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 41 / 41

Album excellence: 100%

The Disappearance
Dojo Wars
In The Dark
Almost There
Money Transfer
Contemplations & Situations
Stealing The Files
Serious Talks
Nuclear Countdown
Are You Motivated
This Is What I Do
Big News
Murder In Miami
Cuda Sorte

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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