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Original Motion Picture Score


Composer: EL-P
Label: Milan Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 29 May 2020

EL-P's original score for Capone is released via Milan Records. Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse’s mind and his past becomes present. Harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life. As he spends his final year surrounded by family with the FBI lying in wait, this ailing patriarch struggles to place the memory of the location of millions of dollars he hid away on his property...

Again, I find myself listening to an interesting electronic score that is more ambient background noise than it is a soundtrack in the conventional sense. There are themes dotted about, but they are few and far between.

Of the score, EL-P says, "I grew up on film scores and they’ve always been a huge influence on me and I’ve been hoping to get the time and chance to do another, so I was thrilled to do Capone. I loved helping create and getting lost in this twisted little trip in to Al’s mind. Much of the music on this score is directly from the movie and some of it is stuff that was created for the film but didn't survive the final cut. I’m excited to present it to the world in this form."

If ambient scores are your thing then you'll probably get a lot out of this release. From a technical point of view it's interesting, but it's unlikely to be one I'll be digging out again in the future.


Darren Rea

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