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Friday Tunes – ROB ‘Maniac’ ost

May 12, 2017

For this week’s Friday Tunes, I’ve been getting back into the soundtrack for recent horror movie remake ‘Maniac’. The update of the 1980 slasher classic starring Frodo himself proved to be something of a pleasant surprise in that it wasn’t the abomination most horror fans expected. I was lucky enough to catch the film at Frightfest 2012 in London way back in August and as well as being impressed by the film itself, the soundtrack really stuck with me. Credited to the mysterious ROB (later revealed as one of the guys behind French electropop act Phoenix), the soundtrack is heavy on the analogue synths and recalls the classic work of John Carpenter. In the context of the movie, it’s easy to see how comparisons were made with Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Drive’, as both protagonists lurk through a night-time Los Angeles with a moody synth score underpinning it all. I’m not usually one for listening to soundtracks, but I think this score holds up well on its own. From the dark atmospherics of ‘Haunted’ to the straight-up pop genius of closing track ‘Juno’, it definitely works independent of the movie.

The very excellent London-based Death Waltz Recording Co have done an awesome job of issuing the soundtrack on vinyl. A limited edition run were released last week and they are seriously worth checking out. As for the movie itself, we can expect an early July release date for the Blu-Ray and DVD. For now, check out the score above!

By SeanM

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