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The Space Between Us
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Andrew Lockington
Performed by: Ingrid Michaelson, James Bay and Crystal Fighters
Label: Sony Music Masterworks
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 27 January 2017

Sony Music Masterworks released the soundtrack for The Space Between Us. In this interplanetary adventure, shortly after arriving to help colonize Mars, an astronaut dies while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl named Tulsa...

The soundtrack for The Space Between Us contains 19 tracks (1 hr, 14 min, 51 sec). Of these, 6 (24 min, 44 sec) are various artists songs with the remaining 13 (50 min, 07 sec) being made up of Andrew Lockington's original score.

Lockington's music, in places, is comprised of orchestral elements and salvaged items from junk yards to create unique sounds catered to the film’s story. This process of “upcycling”is incredibly subtle, and on a first play through, if you're not focusing on the music fully, you may even miss it.

Normally I'm not a fan of soundtracks where they mix various artist and score tracks together. The problem usually is that the songs are too varied and and are either old classics you've heard a million times, or are new recordings from artists you've never heard of... and, well, they're normally a bit naff. In this instance the songs add to the album greatly. They start of the soundtrack, before giving way to Lockington's score - which I have to say is one of the most enjoyable I've heard of late.

It's subtle, it's sweet, it's melancholic and varied. Personal highlights include 'Oh Caro Sollievo'; 'Coming to See You'; 'Biplane'; 'Ocean'; and 'Hand on Knee'.

There are elements of the work of James Horner, John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. If you were to take those three composers and ask them to each write the score of their lives.., I can't help feeling that the result would be not unlike what Lockington turns in here (maybe with a touch of Rob Simonsen's score for The Age of Adaline (most notable in the track 'Coming to See You').

A beautiful, well rounded score which will send shivers down your spine. It could not have been any more impressive.

Track listing:

01 - Smallest Light – Ingrid Michaelson
02 - At Home – Crystal Fighters
03 - 10,000 Emerald Pools – BÆRNS
04 - Shine a Light – BANNERS
05 - Stay Right Where You Are - Ingrid Michaelson
06 - Need the Sun to Break – James Bay
07 - I Want to Go to Mars – Andrew Lockington
08 - Meet Gardner – Andrew Lockington
09 - Oh Caro Sollievo – Andrew Lockington
10 - First Skype – Andrew Lockington
11 - The Rover – Andrew Lockington
12 - Coming to See You – Andrew Lockington
13 - No One Has to Know – Andrew Lockington
14 - Biplane – Andrew Lockington
15 - Fall to Earth – Andrew Lockington
16 - Confetti to Vegas – Andrew Lockington
17 - Ocean – Andrew Lockington
18 - Race to Save Gardner – Andrew Lockington
19 - Hand on Knee – Andrew Lockington


Darren Rea

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