Monsters -- Original Soundtrack by Jon Hopkins * * * *
(Double Six Records)
My colleague Paul Whitington delivers a glowing verdict to this unconventional UK horror film, and the accompanying soundtrack is a worth investigation its own right.
Hopkins featured on these pages just a few weeks ago thanks to his collaboration with Brian Eno on the latter's Small Craft on a Milk Sea album, but this absorbing work indicates a future out of the margins.
The horror genre has provoked a slew of cheesy scores, some overtly in thrall to Bernard Hermann's groundbreaking music on Psycho. Here, Hopkins reinvents the wheel, pulling the listener in with his eerie, moody and incredibly evocative exercises in suspense.
With Davide Rossi's artfully arranged strings, Hopkins' plaintive electronica unsettles. Whether it's the sombre, intimate Candles or the crazed industrial noise and screeched violins of Attack, Hopkins has created a soundtrack of lasting power.
It's the most striking OST I've heard since Jonny Greenwood's score for There Will Be Blood.
Burn it: Attack; Monster's Theme