The Knick [Original Series Soundtrack]
I’ve yet to see the TV show – and hey, I’ll get right to that. But meanwhile I’ve been caught up in the soundtrack, a return to the pairing of Cliff Martinez (composer) and Steve Soderbergh (writer/director/producer). They’ve worked so well together previously, one of the great director/composer teams, an intuitive relationship. Here Martinez is in his usual wonderful form and you’ll hear bits and pieces taken from ideas that trace around the Cluster/Eno tropes, it’s not too dissimilar to moments from the Gone Girl soundtrack too; Martinez though, has this way where he can touch on the nearly-schmaltz in that Craig Armstrong way (Not Leaving This Circus) before returning, so swiftly, seamlessly, to that Trent Reznor-edged version of ominous and brooding (Call Me Dad).
It’s made all the more remarkable here – given these are, for the most part, shorter cues, for TV scenes. One of the lesser discussed but certainly crucial ways in which this golden era of TV has been allowed to shine has been through the use of music. The Sopranos, Mad Men, so many others – a good set of source tunes and the right kind of menacing score. It’s a big part in creating that small screen magic.
Martinez’s score for this TV show sits alongside his finest works for cinema. It makes me want to see the series, knowing that there’ll be something to enjoy instantly – this music. Anything else would be a bonus. And given I’ve been sitting with this music – outside and away from the series – for some six months or so now it’s certainly fair to say that this exists, and deserves to, on its own as album away from the images and story that have inspired it.