12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the early 2010s, Bobby Krlic’s Haxan Cloak project charted a new frontier in sonic terror, pairing spellbinding electronics with eerie chamber strings, to supremely cinematic effect. So he’s the perfect person to score Ari Aster’s Midsommar, a Swedish horror film set beneath the midnight sun. The kitschy tones of the opening “Prophesy” flash back to the haunted ballroom music of The Shining. And it just gets darker from there, sliding from the deranged laughter and ominous string drones of “Gassed” to the bloodcurdling dissonance of a track like “Hårga, Collapsing.” The acoustic palette is the perfect match for the film’s folktale imagery, while the blinding light of the midsummer night is palpable in Krlic’s shrieking, scraping chords, which seem to deploy every frequency in the spectrum.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

In the early 2010s, Bobby Krlic’s Haxan Cloak project charted a new frontier in sonic terror, pairing spellbinding electronics with eerie chamber strings, to supremely cinematic effect. So he’s the perfect person to score Ari Aster’s Midsommar, a Swedish horror film set beneath the midnight sun. The kitschy tones of the opening “Prophesy” flash back to the haunted ballroom music of The Shining. And it just gets darker from there, sliding from the deranged laughter and ominous string drones of “Gassed” to the bloodcurdling dissonance of a track like “Hårga, Collapsing.” The acoustic palette is the perfect match for the film’s folktale imagery, while the blinding light of the midsummer night is palpable in Krlic’s shrieking, scraping chords, which seem to deploy every frequency in the spectrum.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

NevadasGrace ,

Phenomenal. Haunting and fairytale-like

One of the best scores of the year so far. It swells up to big, dramatic fairytale-like scenes, and then slows down to somber, stringy moments for more dour scenes. Cannot recommend it enough

Swimmermilo ,

None of the Folk Music

I loved this movie and the score that went with it was haunting and chilling. The plot centers around a Swedish commune’s Midsommar festival and the movie is peppered with folk music, it is pivotal in multiple scenes.

Unfortunately this album has none of that music which is a disservice to the movie. In particular the Maypole Dance music and the solo vocals from the “Siren” scene are inexplicably absent here.

I can’t wait for this movie to come to home release so I can hear those songs again.

laquil1 ,

Really Good, But Missing the Best Part

Where is the diegetic music? All the flutes, fiddles, key harps, other acoustic folk instruments, and brilliant, haunting vocals are absent from this score. What's here is really good, and was essential to the atmosphere of the movie, but SUPER disappointing to be missing the source music from the world of the movie.