The Radiohead frontman composed 25 original works specifically for the director’s remake of the Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic, in an album comprised of instrumental score work, interludes and more traditional song structures featuring Yorke’s vocals.
The new song, titled “Has Ended”, features a more traditional song structure, although its sprawling, shivery tones are classic Yorke, with whistles of Italian organ-like synths, menacing clatters on the drum (performed by Yorke’s son, Noah), and Yorke’s own ghostly mumbles.
Listen to the new release, below:
His compositions were apparently inspired by the film’s Berlin 1977 setting, with melodies that convey the melancholy, suspense and sheer terror running through the album. It is the first time Yorke has scored a full feature film.
The album also features the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir, Noah Yorke on drums on “Volk” and “Has Ended,” and Pasha Mansurov on solo flute on “Suspirium.” The Suspiria soundtrack will be released on 26 October via XL Recordings.
Though he’s best known for his sun-dappled romance of last year, Call Me By Your Name, Guadagnino hasn’t held back when it comes to his first foray into horror.
The central premise stays quite close to the original. A hopeful young American dancer (Dakota Johnson), travels to Germany to learn ballet at a prestigious local school, only to slowly uncover a dark history of witchcraft and death.
The Italian director’s interpretation looks set to include the same gruesome and disturbing horror elements that made the original a cult classic; a key scene recently screened at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon reportedly left viewers aghast, as Johnson’s Susie Bannon is shown practising ballet, only for another woman in another room, seemingly controlled by her movements, to be slowly torn apart.
Reactions involved the words “very gruesome”, “some of the most disturbing body horror”, and “absolutely brutal”. Tilda Swinton, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, and Jessica Harper – star of the original film – also feature.
Suspiria will be released in the US by Amazon Studios on 2 November.
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