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Soundtrack review: Diverge (Will Blair and Brooke Blair – 2018)

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Soundtrack review: Diverge (Will Blair and Brooke Blair – 2018)

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“Diverge” is a 2018 drama. In the wake of a deadly pandemic, a man cares for his dying wife while searching for a cure. A stranger kidnaps him and presents him with the opportunity to enter a parallel dimension before the pandemic to find the one responsible and stop it from happening. Will Blair and Brooke Blair wrote the score.

The opening cue “Anna’s fall” is a textural ambient piece that in the context in which I am hearing it (right after listening to “Altered carbon”) makes me feel this is how that show should have sounded; it’s the more exciting, more meaningful version or a sound that if the composers are not careful can fall into oblivion. “Diverge” has that minimalistic, electronic Sci-fi mystery sound I was expecting but it has depth and gets me invested even without the support of the on screen images. It’s not always fair though to the composers to experience the music they wrote for a particular story outside the context and judge it harshly because it doesn’t make for the most exciting standalone listening experience.

As “Diverge” progresses I can imagine this score working well also for a computer game involving a deadly virus or something. Will Blair and Brooke Blair focused on the atmosphere for this score and nothing else; they create a mysterious and menacing musical texture that keeps me on my toes and also involves the human element whenever a warm, melodic motif shows up. A cue like “The library” is right up my alley with the dissonant piano build up.

I am an ambient music fan as you all know if you’ve been reading my reviews so I am happy with how “Diverge” sounds most of the time. When it’s at its quietest and most reflective like in the theme for “Daisy” I just feel like closing my eyes and drifting away into though; it’s a vision of an empty future where I might be put down for a long sleep in a capsule but the music makes everything feel pleasant.

I found a lot to enjoy in “Diverge” even without watching the movie; the composers create a musical web that takes me over and makes me feel things and this is how I judge a film score really, by how much it makes me feel. I will surely return to a couple of cues from this score for my ambient playlists. Will and Brooke Blair continue to build on their particular sound and I want to be along for the ride.

Cue rating: 85 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 10 / 28

Album excellence: 35%

Highlights:
The Library
Daisy
The Bridge
Paper Crane
Seashell
Diverge

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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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