Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Best Scores of 2015

This year has been a great one for film, and by extension a great one for music in film. So I put together a Google Music playlist of the best bits of scores from this year (I didn't get everything, I know). Follow the link to the Playlist here to listen. It's also on YouTube for you non Google Play Music people right here!

Here are 5 favorite soundtracks from 2015:

Mistress America

The soundtrack is by Dean Wareham and his wife and bandmate Britta Philips. Wareham is known for his 80's band Galaxie 500, and this soundtrack feels like a products of the 80's. It's a loving ode to 80's synthpop, and it's one of my favorites of the year.

Best Tracks:
- Mistress America
- Hooks & Ladders
- Do Everything (Soul Cycle)


Ex Machina

Moody, atmospheric, tense, and beautiful is how I'd describe Josh Garland's directorial debut. The soundtrack provided by Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow (and one track by CUTS) is very effective element of building that tense, atmospheric tone of the film.

Best Tracks:
- Ava
- Out
- Bunsen Burner


Mad Max: Fury Road

No film score this year was as loud and epic as the one Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) created for the equally loud and epic "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Best Tracks:
- Brothers in Arms
- Spikey Cars


Inside Out

Michael Giacchino is one of the best film composers around. His work with Pixar has been particularly good. He's been pretty busy in 2015, providing the scores to "Jupiter Ascending," "Tomorrowland," "Jurassic World," and "Inside Out." The latter is likely the best of those films, and the best score.

Best Tracks:
- Bundle of Joy
- Nomanisone Island/National Movers
- Tears of Joy


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars is back, and one of the best things about Star Wars is the music. John Williams is one of the best of the best, and his work here is a reminder of how great it is to have Star Wars back in theaters (and actually be good too!).

Best Tracks:
- Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village
- Rey's Theme
- The Jedi Steps and Finale


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