Boomkat Product Review:
Mica Levi's iconic original soundtrack for Jonathan Glazer's alien stalker-in-Glasgow flick, 'Under The Skin'.
Abstract in the extreme, especially for such a relatively mainstream production starring a major Hollywood actress (Scarlett Johansson), Mica Levi's soundtrack stacks an uncompromising orchestration of tense, discordant strings, muffled percussions and frozen drones coming off like a feverishly dreamt collaboration between Bernard Hermann and Nate Young. With a 15-piece orchestra at her disposal - including herself on viola - Mica and producer/arranger Peter Raeburn neatly ignore any need for overblown motifs or cliché in favour of genuinely unsettling, detuned/layered strings and wooden drums against a backdrop of sodium-lit, drizzly harmonic dissonance and field recordings.
A modern classic.