Title - 'High-Rise' (Original Soundtrack Recording)
Artist - Clint Mansell
For those unaware, 'High-Rise' is a 2015 British science fiction thriller film directed by Ben Wheatley, starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy and Keeley Hawes.
That's right, the long-awaited film version of J.G. Ballard's 'High-Rise' brings to the screen his prescient tale of social idealism and class war breakdown within the confines of a luxurious tower block.
Composer Clint Mansell launched his film scoring career in 1998 with 'Pi' and with over 25 soundtracks to his name since he is firmly established as of one of the UK's leading composers in film. Indeed, his career highlights include 'Requiem For A Dream', 'The Fountain', 'Moon' and 'Black Swan'.
Oh, and if you were not aware, his composition "Lux Aeterna" from 'Requiem For A Dream' has become a musical touchstone for its wide usage on TV, sports event and film trailers (most notably a reworking for 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers').
As for his work here on the High-Rise score, well, need we have ever have worried that he wouldn't be up to the task. I think not, for Mansell has, once again, created a liquid musical soundscape that simply encapsulates everything J.G. Ballard would ever have hoped and dreamed would become the backing to his idealistic cinematic wishes.
Combining a deliciously conceived, and uber lustrous retro-classical score together with upbeat, orchestral bursts - much like the ones contained throughout on the opening track 'Critical Mass' and 'A Royal Flying School' - the entire 12 track soundtrack score is a pure delight to behold. Whether it's the haunting trio of 'Silent Corridors,' 'Somehow the High-Rise Played into the Hands of the Most Petty Impulses,' and 'Cine-Camera Cinema,' or it's the sweeping 'The World Beyond the High-Rise,' or even the slight electro return of 'The Vertical City,' Mansell's High-Rise soundtrack is spot on, majestically perfect.