Darker Tones Collide for an Epic Soundtrack
Oneohtrix Point Never’s latest project, Good Time Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, was released to accompany the film Good Time, which has received high praise. This album also does not disappoint as it utilizes a dark tone that makes for a great listening experience that exemplifies an experimental style focused on darker melodies rather than drum patterns.
The album is entirely instrumental with the exception of vocal samples used on some of the songs on the project. It opens with a lengthy track entitled “Good Time,” which sits at nearly seven minutes and features a heavy use of synthesizers with no use of any sort of beat. The slow build up of the song allows it to prime listeners for the rest of the soundtrack.
The album makes very little use of drums and focuses predominantly on electronic melodies. These melodies are long and drawn out and have an epic feel to them. One excellent example of this comes on the fourth track of the album, “Hospital Escape/ Access-A-Ride.” This type of sound goes along well with the idea that these songs were meant to accompany a film and they definitely live up to the idea of being epic film scores.
The lack of drums is also another big strength of the album in that it allows the listener to focus and really be carried off by the synthesizers and electronic instrumentation. On the track, “Entry to White Castle” it features synthesizers that act as the voice of the song and give the song its fluidity and direction. This fluidity from the synths can also be seen on the following track, “Flashback.”
One song that really stands out on the album is Romance Apocalypse, which features a solid drum pattern that really does not stand on the other tracks. It also feature the paramount qualities that are present on the other tracks layered nicely on top of the drum patterns.
Overall this soundtrack really exemplifies the qualities of what an epic film score should sound like and it does not disappoint. It gives off the feeling of being carried through the soundscape made to accompany the film and the darker tone makes for an amazing listening experience.