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Clint Mansell impresses with another moody electronic movie score, this time in collaboration with eccentric "Field in England" director Ben Wheatley.
Since collaborating with Darren Aronofsky on "Pi" in 1998, when he was apparently sleeping on a sofa in New York City, Clint Mansell has barely stopped to breathe, firing out scores for "The Wrestler", "Black Swan", "Ghost in the Shell" and "Mute". On "In the Earth", Mansell joins forces with Ben Wheatley again, after working with him on "High-Rise", "Rebecca", and "Happy New Year, Colin Burstead". Mansell is in his element working on a horror score; the film is set outside Bristol and languishes in pandemic paranoia, spiked with more than a little of Wheatley's psychedelic English eccentricity.
Mansell's score conducts an atmosphere of appropriate dread, throbbing with analog tension and mimicking vintage John Carpenter scores like the ominous "Prince of Darkness" and Ennio Morricone collaboration "The Thing". Mansell spices things up by meeting creeping monosynth basslines and Carpenter-esque Prophet pads with choral vocals and overdriven oscillator burps on 'Spirit of the Woods', and recalls Mogwai's recent albums on the remarkably hopeful 'In The Earth I+II'.