It Follows

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Soundtrack by Rich Vreeland/Disasterpeace

1. Heels                             2:49

2. Title                               2:19

3. Jay                                1:30

4. Anyone                           1:50

5. Old Maid                         2:34

6. Company                        4:14

7. Detroit                           1:22

8. Detritus                          2:20

9. Playpen                          1:30

10. Inquiry                         2:22

11. Lakeward                      1:36

12. Doppel                         5:27

13. Relay                           1:54

14. Greg                            3:30

15. Snare                           1:01

16. Pool                             1:37

17. Father                          5:03

18. Linger                          2:20

Structured much like a John Carpenter score but with far more depth in the sound sample content.  The synthesizer sounds available today are far more expansive than what was available in Carpenter's heyday.  However, make no mistake, the music in It Follows cruises the highways that Carpenter laid.  But there are other influences, as well: video games.  For some time now, video game music has been developing in a serious way alongside, yet in the shadow of, movie music.  This situation allowed Games composers more freedom.  Games music not only incorporates Carpenter-like minimalists arpeggios over sawtooth synthesizer bass, but huge orchestral sweeps, vintage Wuorinen electronic frenzies, Musique Concrete, giant string section space pizzicatos, even Cage-like silences, and, literally, almost too many choices.  This is one of the reasons I really respect Rich Vreeland's score.  There's many ways to realize an electronic score nowadays, which brings along with it just as many ways to screw one up!

There are loads of influences going on here.  (Remember, Carpenter's Halloween theme was inspired by Dave Brubeck's jazz classic, Take Five.)  I even hear the super-reverb-ladened electric guitar muted pick sweeps in Horror of Party Beach.  When listening to this soundtrack, I can't help but see a lot of various movie scenes that I've watched for well over fifty years now.

The music lives up to the high quality of the movie itself.  But the movie would not have been as great without this music, in my opinion.  The music stands on its own.  However, I'm really happy that movies like this exist, so that this type of music can reach some sort of audience in the pop-music feeding frenzy of today.

Check out Rich Vreeland's site.