Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Music: Neon Demon

Like most of Nicolas Winding Refn's movies, "The Neon Demon" isn't for everyone. Sure, it's beautifully shot, smartly references everything from Greek mythology to giallo slashers, and messes with audience perception in fun ways (hint - the protagonist may not be the hero), but it's also full of Refn's worst tendencies: threadbare plot and characters, languid editing, and self-indulgent nudity and violence.

What I can recommend without reservation is the movie's soundtrack, composed by Clint Martinez. Martinez, who also worked on "Drive," created a score full of '80s synth - a mix of dark "Blade Runner"-era Vangelis and the excesses of the end of the "Me" decade. It's absolutely perfect for the movie, and entertaining listening on its own:


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