the fountain - clint mansell / kronos quartet / mogwai

.:: The Fountain is a layered, often beautiful score from composer Clint Mansell. The disc seamlessly moves from ambient drones to plaintive piano music to slowly percolating minimalist stuff to hugely swelling strings. Mansell, who's collaborated with director Aronofsky before, uses almost anything from the minor-key sonic palette available to him, with the exception of the mopey yuppie-folk and instantly dated electronica so often thrown into films.

Mansell's own group, the superlative Kronos Quartet, is joined by Scottish noise act Mogwai. The use of such an arty, detuned guitar rock band as Mogwai in a big time movie soundtrack might seem weird, though of course Explosions in the Sky's work on Friday Night Lights was a harbinger. It's too soon to tell if this is an outright classic of soundtrack music in the realm of Goblin's Suspiria, John Carpenter's Escape from New York, or Popol Vuh's Aguirre. But it is definitely a subtle, melancholic work you'll want to revisit often.

Composer: Clint Mansell. Personnel: John Cummings, Stuart Braithwaite (guitar); David Harrington, John Sherba (violin); Hank Dutt (viola); Jeffrey Zeigler (cello); Barry Burns, Randy Kerber (piano); Dominic Aitchison (bass instrument); Martin Bulloch (drum). The soundtrack for Darren Aronofsky's film, about a man's thousand-year quest to save the life of the woman he loves, runs the sonic gamut from ethereal evocations of 16th-century Spain to futuristic soundscapes, with the added extras of dramatic percussion flourishes and some spectacular choral arrangements.

***special post for my pal, daniel***

download: the fountain - clint mansell / kronos quartet / mogwai


Churros y Palomitas said...

Thanks 4 the music, mate! I'm really lloking forward for the film and I was lookin' for the soundtrack... I mean, is Clint f*cking mansell & the kronos quartet! You can't go wrong with them.

Thanks again for the upload! Cheers, mate!

Anonymous said...

Sounds good. Many thanks.

Loke XIII said...

The Song number 9 of the album, "Death is The Road to Awe", is my favorite song above all so far, great movie, great music.

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