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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Jay Wadley
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 23 August 2019

Lakeshore Records release the original motion picture soundtrack to Adam, Rhys Ernst's impactful pro-LGBTQ+coming-of-age comedy. The music is composed by Jay Wadley...

The score to Adam is one that soundtrack collectors will either love or totally not understand. It sounds like a whacked out stoner project - there's no escaping the fact that it's original and will certainly trigger strong emotions.

Talking about the music, composer Jay Wadley said: "Working on Adam with Rhys Ernst [Director] was such a wonderful experience. Rhys was super generous and open creatively, but had a clear sense of the sound he was looking for, which really makes my job fun when diving into new material. We talked about bands like Young Marble Giants and Broadcast, who have this really special lo-fi bedroom pop vibe. One of my favourite words Rhys used to describe what he wanted the score to sound like was ‘mildewy.' We used a lot of vintage Casio, Fairlight CMI, Mellotron, guitar, bass, and drum machine sounds and ran some of those through an old Marantz cassette player to get that lo-fi degraded feel."

It's unfair to say that it's mainly a collection of electronic music cues - but that's how it sounds on a first listen. It feels like there are no real themes or set pieces of merit (with the obvious exception of 'What Happened Was Messed Up'), but those that have seen the movie will understand the importance of the music.

Personally, while I wasn't overly struck on it as a stand alone listening experience, I was intrigued by just how original and engaging the whole project was.


Darren Rea

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