Saturday, December 7, 2013

Indiewire 15 Best Film Scores of 2013

While waiting for the few missing big shots in rocklandia (end-of-year lists from Pitchfork, The Guardian...), let's take a look at a different music horizon: movie soundtracks. Indiewire picked its 15 best film scores of 2013. It's a very good selection, filled with atmospheric landscapes, based on original music composed by artists like M83, Hans Zimmer, Jon Hopkins, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Explosions in the Sky... Unfortunately, just 66% of albums are available on Spotify, but I'm going to keep an eye on it, periodically adding the missing works (by Arcade Fire, Tindersticks, Skrillex...) when/if they'll be added on the service.


P.S. Complete series of Spotirama end-of-2013 playlists (with charts by Amazon, Jazzwise, Mojo, Paste, PopMatters, Pretty Much Amazing, Q, Renowned for Sound, Revolver, Rolling Stone, Rough Trade, Stereogum, Uncut, Zane Lowe) is here.

(full albums, from #1 to #15)

(3 tracks, from #1 to #15)

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Full list

Strikethrough albums are not available on Spotify. All albums are original scores (not soundtrack collections of previously released songs). One exception: 12 Years a Slave. I put it in the playlists because it includes (along with songs by John Legend, Laura Mvula, Chris Cornell...) the Hans Zimmer's theme praised by Indiewire. I'm still not sure it's the right choice. I will think about it.

1. Alexander Ebert - All Is Lost
2. Explosions in the Sky & David Wingo - Prince Avalanche
3. Shane Carruth - Upstream Color
4. Daniel Hart - Ain't Them Bodies Saints
5. Jóhann Jóhannsson - Prisoners
6. Hans Zimmer - Man of Steel
7. Arcade Fire & Owen Pallett - Her
8. Cliff Martinez & Skrillex - Spring Breakers
9. Steven Price - Gravity
10. Clint Mansell - Stoker
11. Tindersticks - Bastards
12. Jon Hopkins - How I Live Now
13. Hans Zimmer - 12 Years a Slave
14. David Wingo - Mud
15. M83 - Oblivion

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