As well as being consummate ‘growing-old-disgracefully’ rockers with The Bad Seeds, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are also two of cinema’s most underrated composers.
Their original soundtrack work on Westerns and crime flicks has proven captivating in recent years. And their score for forthcoming heist drama Hell Or High Water looks to be no exception.
Two of the movie’s tracks are available to listen to right now.
‘Comancheria’ showcases the same kind of eerie, atmospheric strings and poignant piano strokes that made the pair’s compositions for The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford so striking:
‘Mama’s Room’, meanwhile, is equally sombre and more overtly chilling; its wall of shrill violins hinting at a danger and tragedy that belies its innocent-sounding name.
Cave may have built up a reputation as one of rock’s most electric and uncompromising performers over the years, but his cinematic collaborations with Ellis continue to prove his versatility, sensitivity and stunning ear for stirring, folk-infused emotion.
If you’ve never heard ‘A Song For Bob’ from the Jesse James score, we heartily suggest you remedy that now. It’s heartbreaking, and unforgettable.
Hell Or High Water is a movie that comes with a very high pedigree; starring Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges, and with a screenplay that topped the prestigious Hollywood ‘Black List’ for promising scripts.
Similar in themes and tone to the other dusty Deep South crime movies that have defined Cave’s cinematic forays so far, it concerns two brothers in Texas who mount a desperate bank robbery in a bid to save their family farm.
Expect a rugged, powerful saga, if the preview footage and score is anything to go by.
Watch the trailer for it now:
It’s certainly great to have Cave and Ellis back with new music, both on and off the big screen.
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