Oblivion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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As M83, Anthony Gonzalez's music has always had an epic, movie-worthy quality to it, whether on the soaring heights of "Midnight City" or the moody passages on Saturdays=Youth. For his first actual score, for Joseph Kosinski's dystopian sci-fi film Oblivion, Gonzalez collaborates with composer Joseph Trapanese (who worked with Daft Punk on the score for Kosinski's Tron: Legacy), and together they blend the M83 sound with more conventional orchestral elements. A handful of tracks here could have appeared on Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, most notably "StarWaves," where the sweeping synths and intense buildup are a distant cousin of "Midnight City," and "Oblivion," which closes the score with a dramatic ballad sung by Susanne Sundfør. For the most part, though, Gonzalez tempers his usual neon romanticism to fit Oblivion's post-apocalyptic action: the pulsing synths on "Odyssey Rescue" hark back to such classic sci-fi music as Vangelis' Blade Runner score, while the somber, slow-building orchestral epic "Waking Up" is far from M83's euphoric heights. With Trapanese, he moves from electronic to orchestral and back again with a minimum of effort, and finds eloquent ways to compose with both. "Tech 49" begins with turbulent brass and drums that are mirrored by deep arpeggiated synths as it closes, and "Earth 2077"'s strings are as lavish as the keyboards usually are in Gonzalez's music. Even if there are times when the score errs a little too far on the side of conventionality, Oblivion still has several standout moments, including the revved-up suites "Canyon Battle" and "Radiation Zone," both of which sound very different than any of Gonzalez's previous music and also bend the rules about what highly charged movie music should sound like. Similarly, the score's quieter cues also provide some of its most memorable tracks, including the elegiac "I'm Sending You Away" and "Undimmed by Time, Unbound by Death." That Oblivion resembles a blockbuster soundtrack more than an M83 album may disappoint some of Gonzalez's fans, but it means that he and Trapanese succeeded in making the film's music what it needed to be.
M83 Has Done It!
And by it, I mean a beautiful transition into the field of film scores. Each track is layered with the right touch of the dramatic Sci-Fi sound we all like but with an excellent feel of adventure as well. My favorite so far is Waking Up which appears to be the actual theme. The same theme is played with masterfully throughout the entire album and brought to its full potential with the original song that finishes the album, "Oblivion". Other notables are StarWaves, Earth 2077 and I'm Sending You Away. This is in my opinion a must buy for score fans.
See movie to better appreciate.
You're either here because you saw the movie, or you're an M83 fan.
This is a must. It's not entirely M83 as we know it, it's almost a Hans Zimmer like OST. Like I said, to better appreciate this soundtrack, you have to see the motion picture. It's gorgeous, visually and sound wise. I highly recommend this!
I wish the main song was also performed as instrumental only. I'd prefer that over the singing since that's what plays in the movie.
Formed: 2001 in Antibes, France
Years Active: '00s, '10s