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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Ben Lovett
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 22 January 2016

Ben Lovett's retro electronic sci-fi score for Synchronicity is released through Lakeshore Records. The movie is a mind-bending ‘Sci-fi Noir’ in the tradition of Blade Runner, Gattaca and Memento. Daring physicist Jim Beale has invented a machine that can fold space-time and ruthless corporate tycoon Klaus Meisner will stop at nothing to get it. When Jim uses the machine to tear open the fabric of the universe, a rare Dahlia appears from the future, but in order to keep the rights to his invention he must prove that it works by finding the flower's identical match in the present. Jim soon discovers that the Dahlia lies in the hands of the mysterious Abby, who seduces him into revealing his secrets. Convinced that she is in league with Klaus to take ownership of his life’s work, Jim travels back in time to stop the conspiracy before it can happen. But once in the past, Jim uncovers a surprising truth about Abby, the machine, and his own uncertain future...

Ben Lovett's score for Synchronicity won't be everyone's cup of tea. If you're a fan of John Carpenter's or Vangelis's electronic scores from the '80s, then you'll be in heaven here. If you find them a little lacking, as I have to admit that on the whole I do, then you won't take much away from this score.

Of this album's 19 tracks (42 min, 41 sec) Vangelis's work on Blade Runner did keep coming to mind, especially in tracks like 'First Wormhole' and 'Rotation of the Earth'.

While technically, this is flawless, and no doubt works incredibly well in the movie, the only track that worked for me as a standalone piece of music was 'Time Travel'.

For those that enjoy electronic sci-fi scores, then there is much to appreciate here.


Darren Rea

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