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Swiss-Dutch composer Ella van der Woude's award-winning score for Nico van den Brink’s debut movie "Moloch" is a petrifying fusion of instrumental anguish and synthesized dread. Fans of Hildur Guðnadóttir and Ben Frost, this one's for you.
Ella van der Woude cut her teeth playing in Dutch indie-alternative band Houses, and when they disbanded in 2013 she turned her attention towards composition. She's scored plenty of documentaries, TV shows and movies at this point, but her score for "Moloch" might be the most conspicuous yet - it's already won best music at 2022's Dutch Film Festival. The movie itself is a bleak Dutch folk horror that uses familiar mythology to tug at the mind and flesh, and van der Woude's score provides all the creeping dread you'd expect to buoy the eerie visuals.
Aside from composing the music, van der Woude handles synthesizers, piano, guitar, vocals and clarinet, bringing in assistance from Randall Dunn and Arjan Miranda on synths and Erik Bonerfält on guitar and tetures. The result is a series of cues that sound directly in line with contemporary "elevated horror" trends; the synth parts especially remind us of the genre's eccentric past, but the restraint and orchestral blending is more assuredly highbrow. It's an amalgamation that's so adult it's genuinely terrifying.