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Bloody Marie
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Matthijs Kieboom
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 22 February 2019

MovieScore Media release Dutch composer Matthijs Kieboom's score for Bloody Marie. The movie tells the story of Marie Wankelmut, a once successful comic artist who is now living among the prostitutes in Amsterdam's Red Light District. Drunken and bold, she gets into one conflict after another until a gruesome sobering event at her neighbours’ forces her to take action...

Matthijs Kieboom's score for Bloody Marie is everything that his work for Wild: Heart of Holland wasn't. The music for Bloody Marie is more a collection of disjointed and jarring music cues than it is a full-blown score in its own right.

Talking about his approach to the music, Kieboom said: "I wanted to emphasise the loneliness Marie is dealing with and the battle with her addiction. Both storylines are translated almost one on one into the music, for Marie’s loneliness I decided to often use a solo cello on top of a very 'open' musical landscape. But every now and than, when Marie is losing grip on reality, either by dreaming or being very drunk, the cello gets replaced by a Theremin, to make the musical tone a little more surreal. Her battle with alcohol is portrayed by a lot off glass - from bowing wine glasses to using them as percussive instruments."

Thematically the composer delivers a flawless selection of music to underscore the suspense onscreen. However, it's not an overly easy album to listen to outside of the movie. This is music that's best heard where it was designed to be heard, and not as a standalone listening experience. For me it just felt a little too flat and lifeless.


Darren Rea

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