Cristobal Tapia de Veer
The White Lotus [Soundtrack from the HBO Original Limited Series)
Water Tower Music as licensee for Home Box Office, Inc.
I can’t quite get enough of the TV show White Lotus just yet – because it’s being drip-fed the old fashioned way as weekly episodic television. It’s a marvelous satire – and already I absolutely love it. Awkward dialogue, brilliant performances, compellingly vapid characters – white privilege writ large. Even if the show stumbles from here, and I can’t see that happening, its first half has been enough reason to recommend it.
And one of the things I noticed straight away, and helping with scene-setting and mood-building is the soundtrack.
In the wake of not being able to get enough of the TV show in that way we now all demand, I’ve just been listening to the score over and again.
Chilean composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer masterfully lays groove atop groove – for catchy little snippets that never feel too zany but give you the clue of the deep satire. These musical cues have enough vitality to live and breathe away from the television show they’ve been created for – and for the most part this album of short cues (well there’s one or two five minute pieces in and around the one and two minute snapshots) feels like a dream collaboration between John Lurie and Danny Elfman.
Indeed, when the show started, right during its opening credits, I had to Google the composer, couldn’t wait for it to arrive on screen, I was so convinced I was hearing the opening seconds of John Lurie’s return to film composing.
Shades of Manny and Lo, for sure.
Big bounding drums (Dinner) mingle with slinky, loping groove-loops (Courtship). The theme (Aloha!) is stated and re-stated throughout and brings with it the mildest sense of unease. In entirely the right way.
As I’ve listened to this album throughout the week – waiting, waiting for the new episode – I feel the characters evoked. I’m taking to the place, the Hawaiian setting. But the music makes its own sense away from the images. You relax down into it and just enjoy the busy fun-chaos of it.
I’m absolutely loving this score. And it’s the more that I need in the weekly wait for my latest TV addiction.