Gimme Shelter [Music from the Motion Picture]

Gimme Shelter [Music from the Motion Picture]

by Ólafur Arnalds
     
 

In the brief liner essay that accompanies Ólafur Arnalds' original score to Ronald Krauss' Gimme Shelter, the director writes: ."..This balance throughout, of not drawing specific attention to music, where developing character, was particularly important, ensuring music operated symbiotically with the story…." This is an accurate…  See more details below

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In the brief liner essay that accompanies Ólafur Arnalds' original score to Ronald Krauss' Gimme Shelter, the director writes: ."..This balance throughout, of not drawing specific attention to music, where developing character, was particularly important, ensuring music operated symbiotically with the story…." This is an accurate description of what the composer accomplished within the 14 cues appearing here. Arnalds' plays piano accompanied by a string quartet and electric guitar. Often his instrument is the centerpiece. It is quiet, deliberate, spare, and framed by warm, fluid guitar atmospherics with strings used economically, such as on "Highway," "In a Strange Place," and "Never Alone." Elsewhere there are more taut dramatics, with pastoral themes gradually building into if not grand statements, at least more declarative ones, as evidenced by "And I Will Hear You," "Abandonment," and "Someday." The string quartet is the central focus in other cues, providing taut, slowly evolving drama in "Sonar," "Streets," "Threat," and "Leave with Me." In other incidental music, single-chord piano pulses and/or repetitive chamber themes are static, yet display the effect of distilling tension and release into defining moments as they do on "The Apple of My Eye," "Runaway," and "Overcome." Throughout, Arnalds employs the guitar strategically; it almost never sounds like itself. Despite its relegation to the backdrop in every instance, it is the sonic glue that binds the holistic nature of the score together, and keeps the music from being amorphously labeled "new classical." That said, those desiring a pure Arnalds experience will be forced to hit the skip button several times to avoid contemporary pop music from Lana Del Rey, Celine Dion, or the Cinematic Orchestra, whose "To Build a Home," with vocalist Patrick Watson, has already been used in at least half-a-dozen films and in more than one television commercial. If only the director had held to his own dictum that he didn't want to draw specific attention to the film's music, the soundtrack would have been perfect; instead, only Arnalds' score is. That said, with a small amount of judicious editing from listeners, this volume can be enjoyed for the simple yet abundant pleasures of the composer's achievement.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2014
Label:
Milan Records
UPC:
0731383668326
catalogNumber:
36683
Rank:
50529

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ólafur Arnalds   Primary Artist,Piano
Celine Dion   Vocals
Cinematic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Hrafnkell Orri Egilsson   Cello
Jessie J   Vocals
Lana Del Rey   Vocals
Helga Thórarinsdóttir   Viola
Victor Orri Árnason   Violin
Pétur Jónsson   Guitar
Ari Vilhjálmsson   Violin

Technical Credits

David Foster   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Paul Haslinger   Composer
Phil France   Composer
Jason Swinscoe   Composer
Patrick Watson   Composer
Jean-Christophe Chamboredon   Executive Producer
Justin Parker   Composer
Ólafur Arnalds   Arranger,Composer,Engineer
Claude Kelly   Composer
Shawn Lyon   Graphic Design,Layout
Stefan Karrer   Executive Producer
Jessica Cornish   Composer
Finnur Hákonarson   Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Bobby Ray Simmons   Composer
Lana Del Rey   Composer
Bergur Þórisson   Engineer
Stephen Lockhart   Engineer
Ronald Krauss   Liner Notes

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