After finally going to see Drive last night, I feel very much compelled to write something about it. I’m sure I could speak at length on the merits of the work as a whole — which are numerous — but I’ll just stick to the excellent soundtrack.
Cliff Martinez’s score is a dark and tempered work of oscillating, ambient synth that helps set Drive‘s stark and austere tone. Though it radiates warmth in the brief, but beautiful and tender moments between the Driver, Irene and her son Benicio, the score spirals downward with the events of the film, morphing into a cold wave of pulsating electronics and slow drones. Masterfully complemented with songs from Kavinsky, Desire, College, and Chromatics that contribute brilliantly to the subtle 80s vibe of the film, the soundtrack is key in the crafting of a few of the best scenes in Drive. The opening title sequence comes to mind immediately: the stunning overhead shot of Los Angeles’ downtown skyline at night, the credits written in hot pink cursive, the cool, measured pacing, Gosling’s emotionless gaze (and scorpion jacket)— all set to Kavinsky’s slow-burning “Nightcall”. Perfect. Check out a couple more tracks after the jump.
Bravo to Nicolas Winding Refn and Cliff Martinez on their work. And be sure to see Drive in theaters.