For Fans Of: Matthew Dear, Electric Youth, The Chromatics
Genres: Electronica, Synth Pop, Ambient
After finally watching this earlier tonight, I am convinced that Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn managed to make one of the best movies of last year. From the unique cinematography, to the suspenseful action/brutal murder scenes, to the great cast (Ryan Gosling - making jean jackets look too good, Carey Mulligan - making short haircuts on girls look too good, Bryan Cranston - of Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle, and Christina Hendricks - of Madmen), and last but not least, the ’80s electronica-inspired soundtrack, this movie stands as a truly impressive thriller.
Artists on the soundtrack include: Cliff Martinez, College, and Desire. Just like the movie, it winds back and fourth between calm and calamity; kicking things off with electronica, veering off into a more ambient sound, and then into a darker disco sound. When put together, the score provides a dark, seductive atmosphere. One fan wrote: “Fact: Listening to the Drive soundtrack will make you fifty times cooler”, and I couldn’t agree more.
So go ahead and grab a lady or gentleman friend, have some wine, and enjoy it, as well as the movie.