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

Indiana Goof ,

Stupid movie, wonderful soundtrack.

The movie is stupid and way overhyped by the press - nothing more than the same-old-same-old “college kids travel/lured to such-and-such a place expecting a great time, get trapped in a deadly nightmare instead” routine, just given a different look which is making critics all wet their pants over it - but the musical score is absolutely wonderful. All the good parts are included here.

From its question-mark-opener “Prophecy”, which manages to strike the exact note of both lovely and weirdly spaced out at the same time, tp such lovely moments as “The House That Harga Built” (I love to leave that track on repeat as I sleep at night), to the tripped out “Ritual in Transfigured Time”, this album has the tendency to sound something akin to “the great Pink Floyd film score The Floyd never wrote”, which is not at all surprising considering all the drugged-out moments these characters have in the film. It’s wonderfully hypnotic.

My only complaint is with the sequencing. Having “Gassed” right after the opening “Prophecy” is just plain wrong and ends up diffusing that beginning track’s excellent lead-in. It sound have been placed much later in the line up (putting it right after, “Harga, Collapsing” would have been ideal - granted, it wouldn’t have been in proper sequence, but hey, how many soundtracks are these days?). Fortunately this can be corrected by changing your playlist’s track order.

Of course, everything included here musically only adds to the popular theory - which I personally happen to believe - that everything that occurs within this movie is nothing more than a great big nightmarish hallucination of Dani’s after she was given that mushroom tea to drink... but that’s another story...

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.