Sunday, August 28, 2016
JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON / Sicario: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 
Naturally being the type of artist that he is, Jóhannsson took a complete opposite turn with the nerve-wrenching soundscapes in Denis Villeneuve's heart-pounding Mexican cartel thriller Sicario. It's a anxiety throbbing percussive score filled with low-end ominous strings and a vast horn section that perfectly encapsulates the gritty subject matter on screen. There's a beautiful mournful string theme buried within the brutality of the score but it offers no reassurance of safety or hope. It's not often music makes my stomach-turn with nervousness like this but Sicario does so with such force it's clearly not a listen that sets out to be enjoyed. Heavily armed with technical and creative brilliance, it certainly is a challenge to listen to but definitely rewarding should you take on the overly intense task.
4 heartbeats beneath the ground out of 5
Songs of Note: The Beast; Alejandro's Song