The Swan Song
As I was looking up Jóhann Jóhannsson's IMDB page I noticed that there were years under his name (1969–2018), I was concerned but wouldn't believe it. It seemed like just a year ago I was watching his interview on the Arrival Blu-Ray and was enthralled by his approach (not including the attack on the piano notes so he could get that low hum present throughout the film).
Then....I got the confirmation.
It's no secret that I've been wowed by Arrival. Though I am unfortunately limited to current releases...I'm going to relish the fact that I have the privilege of going backwards. I haven't listened to two other collaborations of Jóhann with Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners & Sicario), and as I was looking him up on Spotify....I remembered that he also released solo albums.
As I go through album after album, I am reminded that I would likely return to them once I spend time on fine tuning my 'focus playlist'. Though I am more of a 'full silence' kind of person --- sometimes I am able to integrate music (especially during repetitive tasks).
Usually, if you ask me to give you a Neo Classical to consider, my go-to would be Ólafur Arnalds. Now after listening to tracks from 'The Mercy', I think Jóhann will now be the person who comes to mind. It kind of reminds me of how I felt while listening to the score of 'The Holiday' for the first time because I didn't know that Hans Zimmer did the score.
There's also the playfulness of certain tracks. For example 'The Good Ship Teignmouth Electron' could possibly find its way in one of the scenes of 'The Holiday'
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