The Gift [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Joel Edgerton’s debut as writer/director, The Gift, was an excellent thriller, breathing fresh air into a much-visited trope – the stalker-film – and part of the magic of the film, or at least assisting the magic of the film was the score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurrians.
These two composers have slowly, surely started to make their name across a small handful of fascinating indie flicks, contributing scene-enhancing background music that invites comparison to Mica Levi’s work, to Jonny Greenwood’s portfolio of film composing and, in parts here, Clint Mansell is evoked (Passing Out, The Birth).
There’s wonderful tension in some of these pieces (Boxes) and also an eerie calm pervades (Yearbook), those being the dominate moods of the film – always unsettling, even if we don’t’ quite know why.
The Gift is one of the better films I’ve seen in a while – and from the opening moments its score held me, had me hooked.
Listening to it as an album rewards in its own right. Like only a few film scores this works as an album in and on itself, on its own. That isn’t often the case. I feel you could sit back and fall into the world of this music without knowing the film. But it was certainly one of the keys to my enjoyment of the film experience.