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Soundtrack review: Runaways (Siddhartha Khosla – 2018)

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Soundtrack review: Runaways (Siddhartha Khosla – 2018)

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Marvel’s Runaways, or simply Runaways, is an American web television series created for Hulu by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films and other television series of the franchise. The series is produced by ABC Signature Studios, Marvel Television and Fake Empire Productions, with Schwartz and Savage serving as showrunners. Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta star as the Runaways, six teenagers from different backgrounds who unite against their parents, the Pride. Siddhartha Khosla wrote the score.

This is one of the shows I am most excited about and until I get to watch it the music will do. The main theme is a delightful soft and melodic electronic piece that is music to my ears; as a huge electronic fan this light and addictive sound is guaranteed to put me in a good mood. I like the ambient reflective vibes the composer creates and this is one of the cases when I care about the texture much more than about themes or standalone remarkable cues. I am a kid of the 80s and a score performed with 80s synths is the best of gifts. Siddhartha Khosla instantly shoots up into my composers to prioritize list because of how well he knows this sound and how enjoyable his brand of synth music is. Nostalgia is getting higher with every cue and I realize that the composer’s background as a song writer comes into play since his music reminds me of bands like Yazoo, New Order or Depeche Mode.

Whenever I discover a synth based score, my reaction is always the same: I close my eyes and just soak into this comfortable, reflective sound that soothes me and hypnotises me; the music has the same effect as if I was laying on the beach as close to the sea as I could, watching the sun light glimmer and reflect of the surface of the water until I doze off. I am charmed and mesmerised by this score and I forget about story and TV show and just make it my own. “Runaways” is the kind of composition that I will keep close and come back to whenever I am in need of some moments of peace.

If you are into the lighter, softer side of electronic music, the one that washes gently over you with a warm and comforting sound you have hit the jackpot with “Runaways”; between the ambient tone and the nostalgia I just felt the need to listen to it again once it was over and once I fully get to know it I am looking forward to discover it in the context of the TV show as well.

Cue rating: 95 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 32 / 45

Album excellence: 71%

Highlights:
Runaways Theme
Safe With Us
Pride (feat. J Paul Garber)
Man in Bed
In Love With Her Question Mark
Someone
Pretends Not to Hear
Gert’s Lullaby (feat. Ariela Barer)
Staff of One
I’m Victor, Victor Stein
Molly’s Escape
Think You Got Hacked
Runaways V Pride (feat. J Paul Garber)

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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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