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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Marco Beltrami
Label: Varèse Sarabande Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 22 July 2014

Varèse Sarabande Records release Marco Beltrami's score for Snowpiercer. It’s been 17 years since we froze the earth. The few remaining humans live on the Snowpiercer, a train on an infinite loop around the globe. For those at the front, it’s a lavish paradise of drugs and sushi in the lap of luxury; for those trapped in the tail section, life is short and cruel. But change is in the air. Curtis, desperate to escape the tail of the train, plans an uprising, aided by his mentor Gilliam. What begins as an isolated riot explodes into a mass revolution, an all-or-nothing push to go to the front of the train, and a war for humanity’s future...

Marco Beltrami's score for Snowpiercer incorporates so many impressive themes and set pieces, that it's difficult to know where to start singing its praises. The album contains 20 tracks (55 min, 57 sec).

Stylistically, it's probably closest to his previous (and of all his scores to date, probably my personal favourite) Knowing. This is most notable in tracks like 'Stomp and 'Take My Place'. Tracks like 'Seoul Train' incorporate more of an electronic, bleak future soundscape, which works incredibly well - probably because it's not over done.

'Yona's Theme' is probably the score's most beautiful, stand out track and brings the album to an impressive close.

If you're a fan of Beltrami's previous scores then you'll be impressed with what he delivers here.


Darren Rea

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