Boomkat Product Review:
LCO’s maverick and distinctive player, composer and arranger furnishes ‘Aftersun’ , the award-winning debut feature by Scottish director Charlotte Wells, with a richly melancholic and haunting suite of strings, synths and electro-acoustic nuance.
A principle cellist for Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia and London Contemporary Orchestra, as well as collaborator with everyone from Mica Levi to Laurie Tompkins, Radiohead and Laura Cannell; Oliver Coates arrives at his score for ‘Aftersun’ with a resounding reputation as one of his generation’s preeminent musicians.
His work on ‘Aftersun’ is testament to a confident assurance in his skill at evoking the subtlest, fleeting, and tenderest feelings with 14 parts that adeptly underline the film’s themes of adults struggling with life, and youthlings coming into their own. No doubt it also works beautifully well as a standalone piece of music in its own right, blessed with an often devastating emotional quality that works to the finest line of restraint and modestly maximising minimalist gestures to effect, and really tearing at the heartstrings when the time calls for it, as on the extraordinary closing sequence of its Bowie riffing ‘Last Dance’.