Slow Horses: Season 1 (ATV+ Original Series Soundtrack)
Apple Video Programming LLC/Jackson River Films Limited, Polydor/Universal
I’m a big fan of the show Slow Horses – genius writing, casting, excellent source material, the look and feel of it is perfect too; a winner. And Daniel Pemberton’s score is instantly part of that magical, memorable for the action-frenzy cues (Airport Takedown, Floor By Floor) as well as the slinky accommodation of Mick Jagger’s sly theme tune (Strange Game appears in full at the top but Pemberton, co-writer, infuses it in some of his own cues, Slough House for instance).
I’ve loved Pemberton’s work across the last decade, even when I’ve had no interest in the actual film (King Arthur). And he doesn’t disappoint across shorter, TV cues (London Rules), capable of ratcheting tension, of making a mood, creating a release (Gone).
I don’t know if there are many people out there listening to the score for Slow Horses on its own but it’s certainly an impactful part of the show. And as a soundtrack album it builds a mood and keeps you, there are some shocks here and there as the drama increases (Clear The Shot) but it’s all in keeping. I’m reminded of Theodore Shapiro’s excellent work (Heist, Destroyer, The Eyes of Tammy Faye).
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