Soundtrack review: Ingrid goes west (Jonathan Sadoff & Nick Thorburn – 2017)
“Ingrid Goes West” is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Matt Spicer and written by Spicer and David Branson Smith. The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, Billy Magnussen, Wyatt Russell, Pom Klementieff and O’Shea Jackson Jr. Ingrid Thorburn is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing “likes” for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane is an Instagram-famous “influencer” whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid’s latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star’s life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to #WTF. The music was written by Jonathan Sadoff and Nick Thorburn.
There are a lot of scores coming out every year, every week even and only so much one can listen to and review; I choose them carefully usually and my OCD helps me with clear guidelines regarding comfort zone, composers, genres. Every once in a while though I force myself to sit through something I normally wouldn’t and step out of my musical comfort zone to hone my craft. It’s not a statement regarding the composers but the other elements of “Ingrid goes west”; a quirky indie movie with social media stars and cues which are barely a couple of minutes long each of them is about as far away from my comfort zone as I can get.
The music is just as I imagined it, light, simple and fun. It is a quirky movie with shallow main characters and the composers evoke this in their music; I can pick though moments I enjoy since there are so many different and varied moments and this is the strength of the score. I like the island party groove of “Dear Charlotte” and “Tiki time” including the background vocals in the first one as the holiday nostalgia hits strongly just as the warmth of the emotional and dreamy “Taylor’s instagram” makes me smile and want to hear more of this. The second part of “Dear Charlotte” hits the purest Thomas Newman vibe and that’s cool.
Naturally there are silly moments like “Restraining order” that I always understand in the context of a comedy but can never enjoy standalone. Once again, variety is what makes this score and enjoyable listening experience because I know that if I don’t like a cue there are chances the next one will be great and if it’s not the next one then the one after; the composers keep things interesting and alert which make the 32 minutes of this score pass very easily.
“Ingrid goes west” ends up as a much easier and enjoyable listening experience than I would have expected. Variety and a lot of fun moments, be they island like, jazzy or emotionally melodic made this score worth my time.
Cue rating: 80 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 11 / 32
Album excellence: 33%
Dear Charlotte Pt.2
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