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Oliver Coates' accompaniment to Paramount+ streaming sci-fi horror movie "Significant Other" is as serviceable and familiar as the film itself.
What is it about contemporary film soundtracks that demands such a specific, identikit treatment? When orchestras were deemed too costly for many productions in the 1970s and indie films took risks with young virtuosos or simply anyone with access to a synthesizer and drum machine, it led to music that still has a hold on impressionable creative minds. Now, with almost any sound imaginable available to anyone with a half-decent laptop, everything sounds like the intersection of Hans Zimmer and Ben Frost, with precious little in-between. For every Mica Levi, there are countless hundreds of Benjamin Wallfisches.
Oliver Coates is a talented and idiosyncratic cellist with a solid back catalog of unique recordings, but if you played us the "Significant Other" OST and asked us who made it, we'd struggle to guess. It's impeccably made and chilling to the bone, but it sounds so perfect that you'd almost forget it was present at all. The high pitched string squeals and low-end womps designed psycho-analytically to ramp up tension are all present, occasionally balanced by some advanced choral work. But it's streaming-era Hollywood terror by numbers - we're sure this ain't anything to do with Coates, and more to do with Paramount stooges, but it's more depressing than it is blood-curdling.