Over the years, Thom Yorke has proven to be a very enigmatic individual. His work in both Radiohead and solo projects has seen the frontman take on a world of experimental ideas, pushing his own capability to create new and engaging sounds that manage to intrigue and delight in equal measure. But being someone always looking to take on a challenge, he has now produced the score for the new Luca Guadagnino film 'Suspiria', a remake of the classic 1977 horror. With the original already boasting a strong and iconic soundtrack, the idea of bringing its mood-driven eeriness to a new comtemzopraty vision, Yorke has taken on the project but maintained plenty of nods to the original's era.
Mixing up the hypnotic sound of German Krautrock and his own wistful and haunting performance style, Yorke has managed to deliver a soundtrack that is part beauty and part unsettling. Flipping between compositions where he takes on the vocal parts and more ethereal and atmospheric soundscapes, 'Suspiria' is a wonderfully eerie and disturbing release at times. Stepping further away from a minimal production sound, the frontman has brought in a wealth of varied instrumentation to create the sullen tones of his debut film score, delivering a collection of truly warped and diverse works in the process.
Just like any film soundtrack, you can never expect too much cohesiveness due to its nature of being music set to a arcing storyline, but Yorke's own focus and direction has given the release a far more succinct approach than most. Keeping very much to the core sound of long, strung-out melodies, the release showcases the frontman as a far more versatile songwriter than we had ever thought.