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Robin Carolan & Sebastian Gainsborough: The Northman [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]: Black Vinyl 2LP

The Northman [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]: Black Vinyl 2LP

Robin Carolan & Sebastian Gainsborough

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  • Release Date 01 July 2022
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Double Vinyl LP
Sacred Bones

“Rob wanted the world of The Northman to feel harsh and uncomfortable, and for everything to feel like it was caked in mud and dry blood, so it was crucial for the score to mirror that.” Composers Robin Carolan (Tri-Angle Records) and Sebastian Gainsborough (Vessel) were given a task of epic proportions when director Rob Eggers (The VVitch, The Lighthouse) asked them to create the score for his ambitious and highly anticipated new film The Northman, releasing on April 22nd. They needed to make a score that both honored the immense research that had gone into the authenticity of this Viking era period piece and complimented the cinematic maximalism of the film for a modern audience. The artists stretched themselves to the depths of their creativity and the resulting album is a gorgeous sonic tableaux that places the listener right in the center of the film.

While arranging the score the composers consulted musician and ethnographer Poul Høxbro for inspiration and insight into the history of Viking music. Having backgrounds in left field electronic music, Robin and Sebastian felt liberated by the constraint of using a small selection of musical tools for this piece. “Electronic music has almost limitless potential when it comes to making sounds and that’s obviously an incredible thing, but you can also go down the wormhole and get lost in it sometimes. There’s no risk of that happening when you only have a few primary instruments to draw upon.” Robin remarked.

They utilized traditional instruments such as the tagelharpa, langspil, kravik lyre, and säckpip to build the cinematic world of The Northman but they also took creative freedoms in adding instruments likes drums, which some academics believe wouldn’t have played a big part in Viking musical culture, simply due to the lack of archaeological evidence of actual drums. “One of the pieces we wrote was intended to emulate the sound of a bullroarer; an ancient instrument used in sacred rituals or in battle to intimidate enemies. It makes a really disorienting roaring vibrato sound and low frequencies capable of traveling insane distances.” Robin says when asked about one of the more unique aspects of the score. Everyone involved put so much effort into both their research and their creativity and this richness is evident in every track. The album as a whole is a cinematic masterpiece of sound and ambiance, both gorgeous and disturbing, like the film it so beautifully accompanies.

1 Approaching Hrafnsey  
2 The King  
3 Entering the Temple  
4 Last Teardrop  
5 Blood Tree, Part I  
6 Strike, Brother  
7 Escape  
8 I Will Avenge You, Father  
9 The Land of the Rus  
10 A Burning Barn  
11 Seeress  
12 Raven’s Omen  
13 Storm At Sea / Yggdrasill  
14 Iceland  
15 I Will Save You, Mother  
16 Slave Work  
17 Guðrún  
18 Follow The Vixen’s Tail  
19 He-Witch  
20 Draugr  
21 Mound Dweller  
22 To The Games  
23 Birch Woods  
24 First Of Many  
25 Trollish Sorcery  
26 Svið Night, Part I  
27 Svið Night, Part II  
28 I Am Your Death  
29 Come Morning  
30 I Am His Vengeance  
31 Óðinn  
32 Valkyrie  
33 Vestrahorn  
34 Hidden Valley  
35 Blood Tree, Part II  
36 Blóð Inside / I Choose Both  
37 A Maiden King  
38 The Wolf Has Grow  
39 The Gates of Hel / Slain by Iron  
40 Hekla  
41 Cut the Thread of Fate  
42 Make Your Passage / Valhöll  
43 Ættartré / End Credits  

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