November 9, 2018

Remembering Francis Lai (1932-2018), Beloved French Film Composer

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Francis Lai, whose beautifully melodic pop- and orchestral-driven scores for A MAN AND A WOMAN, LOVE STORY, the French fantasy version of Tom Thumb, LE PETIT POUCET, and so many more have brought pleasure to so many, has died in France on November 7th. He was 86. 

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Inon Zur, Internationally Renowned Film, Television & Video Game Composer, Signs to Sony Music Masterworks as Recording Artist

Known for his emotionally dynamic and powerfully melodic writing, award-winning film, television and video game composer INON ZUR signs to Sony Music Masterworks in anticipation of releasing new original music.

Classically trained with a flair for powerful, melodic orchestral writing, Inon Zur’s rich portfolio spans across film, television and video games.  Today’s announcement arrives just days ahead of the November 14th release of his score for FALLOUT 76, the latest installment in the critically-acclaimed FALLOUT video game franchise. 

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October 28, 2018

John Williams Update: Doing Well and Returning to Los Angeles shortly

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The SoundtrackFest website reports that John Williams is recovering well from his illness (see below), and will return to Los Angeles next week, according to information provided by Mike Matessino, record producer, who had first hand information from John Williams’circle.

Read the full story at SoundtrackFest

October 24, 2018

John Williams: Composer pulls out of concerts due to illness

The BBC reports that STAR WARS and HARRY POTTER composer John Williams has pulled out of conducting concerts of his music in London and Vienna due to illness.

The 86-year-old had been due to appear with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday. But the venue said he had pulled out because of a “last-minute illness.”

He will be replaced by Dirk Brossé, who will conduct Williams’s music from soundtracks including ET and Jaws as well as Star Wars and Harry Potter.

We with Mr. Williams all the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

October 20, 2018

_The-Curse-of-La-Llorona-posterJoseph Bishara scores new La Llorona Chiller from James Wan

James Wan is producing the new horror film THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, for release through Warner Bros. next April. Joining him in exploring the horrific hex of the crying lady is composer Joseph Bishara, who has scored most of Wan’s directed and produced franchises. Bishara’s proven capabilities at creating very creepily textured and toned music designs have already made him one of the most fear- fabricating composers in modern genre cinema.

The La Llorona Legend in Cinema

A legend out of Mexican folklore tells of La Llorona (“The Weeping Woman”), which has become very popular especially in Mexican movies, with an occasional foray beyond its borders. Legend has it that La Llorona is the ghost of a woman who cries for her lost children, resulting in misfortune for those who hear or come upon her in her lamentation. The first film to deal with the ghostly weeper was the 1933 Mexican film LA LLORONA…

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October 18, 2018

Bear on Bear: Behind the Score of New Shocker I STILL SEE YOU

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“I was intrigued by the film’s premise,” Bear wrote in his online blog. “I knew this clever story could support dynamic, emotional, genre-bending music.” Bear writes that his early ideas “were based on vocal audio samples that had been slowed down by a magnitude of a thousand times or more, generating huge haunting textures. I wanted to create musical ‘rems,’ as if instruments and singers had been frozen in a supernatural audio purgatory. 

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_La Musica En El Cine Di Terror by WerbaBook on Movie Thriller Music by Composer Marco Werba to be Released in Europe

Composer Marco Werba has written a composition treatise dedicated to iconic film music for genre motion pictures. Structured from the point of view of a composer rather than a music critic, Marco Werba analyzes the functions of music in the genre movies of thrillers, horror, and science fiction, the composers’ working methods, the collaboration between director and producer, the coexistence between dialogues, music and sound effects….

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HMMA Award Nominees Include Notable Genre Film & TV Scores

HMMA logoThe Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) has announced the nominees for music in film, TV, video games, commercials, and trailers. The HMMA nominations have historically been representative of the nominees of other key awards shows that occur months later.  With over 500 submissions this year, HMMA nominees are chosen in specific genres of music for film, TV and video game including dramatic feature, sci-fi/ fantasy, documentary and animation. Among the nominees for 2018 are these works which fit into the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres:

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October 17, 2018

REVENGE OF THE NINJA composer Rob Walsh has died

_Rob Walsh foto from web siteWord has come that Robert J. Walsh, a talented musician, composer, and orchestrator for films and television, has passed away at the age of 70. No further details have yet been announced.

Perhaps best known for his thick and powerful synth-based score to the 1983 action film REVENGE OF THE NINJA, Walsh was an expressive and articulate composer whose dexterity on synths and electronics brought him numerous opportunities to score feature films, television movies, and animated TV shows.

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October 14, 2018

Christopher Young to Score New PET SEMATARY Film

_pet_sematary_ver2_xlgHorror genre expert and all-around Hollywood film music maestro Christopher Young (SPIDER-MAN 3, HELLRAISER, GHOST RIDER, HELLRAISER, THE GRUDGE) will score the forthcoming new film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1983 horror novel PET SEMATARY. Paramount Pictures is scheduled to release the new film on April 5, 2019. 

Read the full story here.

October 1, 2018

R.I.P. film composer Stelvio Cipriani – a Master of All Genres and Profoundly Moving Movie Music

stelvio_ciprianiBeloved Italian composer Stelvio Cipriani has died this morning in Rome at the age of 81.  Cipriani was a gifted melodist whose work traversed European cinema since 1966.  He was fluent in virtually all genres of film and was known for sublime melodies, exotic mixtures of orchestra and guitars, voices, and inventive instrumental combinations.

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September 28, 2018

Hans Zimmer Scores Next X-MEN movie, DARK PHOENIX

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THE X-MEN Movie, DARK PHOENIX, is set for release Feb 14, 2019. Hans Zimmer is scoring the movie. Zimmer had stated back in March 2016 that he would not score another superhero film following his experience working on BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, but he later explained that in conversations with director Ron Howard he was convinced to not keep a “blanket” view and to focus on waiting for the right story rather than avoiding an entire genre.

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September 24, 2018

BUMBLEBEE Trailer Released – Hits Theaters Dec 21st

_BUMBLEE official poster cropped.jpgWatch the teaser trailer for the new TRANSFORMERS spinoff, BUMBLEBEE. Composer Dario Marianelli (DARKEST HOUR, ATONEMENT, THE BOXTROLLS, V FOR VENDETTA) is scoring the film. The music heard throughout the trailer is by composer Bryan Nguyen… 

Read the story and watch the trailer here


September 12, 2018 

THE PREDATOR Soundtrack Premiere: Listen to the Debut Track by Henry Jackman

_the-predator-ep_600Ahead of the The Predator theatrical release on September 14, listen to the appropriately named debut track, “The Arrival” by Henry Jackman. A three-track EP of Jackman’s music drops on September 14, with a full album to follow on September 28 from Lakeshore Records.

See details here.

August 24, 2018

Dove Cameron Debuts New Single “Born Ready” – theme song for new MARVEL RISING: SECRET WARRIORS series

__Marvel_Rising_Secret_Warriors teaser posterWalt Disney Records and Marvel Music today released “Born Ready,” an exclusive new single performed by Dove Cameron (DESCENDANTS 3, HAIRSPRAY LIVE) which is the theme song to the upcoming animated film MARVEL RISING: SECRET WARRIORS, a new animated film premiering simultaneously on both Disney Channel and Disney XD on September 30th. The digital single is currently available for download and at streaming services, and the companion featurette is now available on DisneyMusicVEVO.

The series will be scored by Dynamic Music Partners, the expert composing team of Michael McQuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, and Kristopher Carter…

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August 23, 2018

Warner Bros. Joker Origin Movie Has a Composer

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August 2, 2018

Neil Argo image from FB pageFilm and TV composer Neil Argo has died

The Hollywood Reporter has related that composer Neil Argo has died in Scottsdale, Arizona. “His résumé included DYNASTY, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 and MELROSE PLACE as well as the PBS documentary program WILD AMERICA,” wrote Mike Barnes in Thursday’s Hollywood Reporter. 

One of his last scores was the family drama with fantasy sequences, THE LEGENDS OF NETHIAH.

Read our full story here.


July 26, 2018

Remembering Patrick Williams – and his early fantasy-horror scores 

Composer Patrick Williams passed away early Wednesday morning of complications from cancer. He was 79. 

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Williams served as a versatile and innovative film composer, arranger, and conductor for popular music, concert, film, and SSSSSSS postertelevision for more than thirty years, gaining more than 200 film and TV scoring credits listed on IMDB. He worked in many genres and won four Emmy Awards (out of 22 nominations), two Grammys for his jazz arrangements, an Oscar nomination for film composition (best music, original song score, and best adaptation score for 1979’s BREAKING AWAY), and a Cable ACE award (plus two nominations).

Patrick Williams scored only a few science fiction/horror pictures in his early years in film music. His first and best horror movie score was for a film titled, simply, SSSSSSSS (1973, called SSSSSNAKE abroad), about a mad scientist (Strother Martin) who for unexplained reasons chemically transforms a man into a giant cobra…

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July 21, 2018

Watch DC’s AQUAMAN trailer

The AQUAMAN trailer has surfaced today. Rupert Gregson-Williams (WONDER WOMAN) is slated to score the film.

Watch the trailer:


July 21, 2018


In Facebook and Twitter posts today, composer Bear McCreary revealed that he has been brought on board to compose the score for the forthcoming GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (trailer below). 

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July 21, 2018

Benjamin Walfisch to score DC’s SHAZAM

Film Music Reporter has confirmed that composer Benjamin Wallfisch (IT, LIGHTS OUT, HELLBOY [2019], co-composer on BLADE RUNNER 2049, HIDDEN FIGURES, DUNKIRK) is reuniting with David F. Sandberg to score SHAZAM.

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July 11, 2018

Goosebumps 2 Announced – Dominic Lewis to Score


Halloween comes to life in GOOSEBUMPS 2 – HAUNTED HALLOWEEN, a brand-new comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books.  Composer Dominic Lewis (THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, MI-5 (SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD) is set to score the film,

For more details, see here.

June 29, 2018

Composer Christophe Beck re-teams with Marvel Cinematic Universe to score ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – Film & Soundtrack out July 6

 “I had previously created a theme for the Ant-Man in the odd meter of seven which means seven beats per bar. I created a theme for The Wasp which was in the odd meter of five. Most songs and scores are written in the more traditional 4/4 or 3/4 meters. But, when more beats are added to create a complex meter, it brings a dynamic, rhythmic effect to the music which fits in with the multifaceted character of these two superheroes.”

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June 27, 2018

New DOCTOR WHO composer revealed

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June 7, 2018

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Official Trailer Released (HD)

Watch the new SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE trailer now – in theaters this Christmas. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind THE LEGO MOVIE and 21 JUMP STREET, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Composer Richie Kohan has scored the trailer – but a composer for the movie has apparently not yet been named.

April 26, 2018

SUSPIRIA remake poster & websites revealed

In a story posted today at the Rue Morgue web site, the forthcoming remake of Dario Argento’s classic SUSPIRIA has revealed its latest teaser poster and websites.

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April 21, 2018

John Carpenter to Score New HALLOWEEN Film

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In an online report originally posted on April 20 at the it was reported  that producer Jason Blum has confirmed in a Twitter post that John Carpenter, while not directing Blumhouse’s new version of HALLOWEEN, has agreed to score the movie.

David Gordon Green (SNOW ANGEL, UNDERTOW, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS) is directing 2018’s HALLOWEEN, which brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strod, confronting her homicidal, unkillable bother Michael Myers. Curtis recently told Yahoo“I’ve seen a trailer and I’ve seen some footage, and it’s terrifying.”

The new HALLOWEEN opens October 19.

See for the details.



April 5, 2018

Colin Stetson Scores Mindbending Horror Film HEREDITARY

Colin Stetson (LAVENDER, OUTLAWS & ANGELS, + Arcade Fire Collaborator) has conjured an eerie, booming, malevolently droning score where the end result is a uniquely uneasy, sinister suite of music capped with one of the most unexpected conclusions in recent years.

Read the full story, and sample a truly frightening music cue & film’s trailer, here.

April 4, 2018

Netflix’s LOST IN SPACE Premiers April 13

Christopher Lennertz (SUPERNATURAL, AGENT CARTER, RIDE ALONG) has composed the series score as well as its new title theme; both affectionately integrate elements of John Williams’ music from the classic original TV series.  See link to watch the opening credits , featuring Lennertz’s score… 

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March 30, 2018

Dominik Scherrer Scores THE CITY & THE CITY for BBC Two

Dom Scherrer THE CITY & THE CITY…”With a story set in two radically different cities, inhabiting the same geographical space, but each with their own characteristic look and feel, writing the soundtrack for the series was a challenge to say the least. THE CITY & THE CITY takes place in the not-too-distant future, and contrasts two cities, which inhabit the same location, in their culture, feel, language and wealth,” Scherrer explained. “The two cities … coexist in the same geographical space but are separate because people are taught from birth to unsee the other city. The music had to highlight the contrast as well as unite the storyline spanning across the two cities.”

Read the full story here.

March 28, 2018

Composer Murray Gold to Step Down from Scoring DOCTOR WHO

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Murray Gold – Photo by Richard Ecclestone (Navymaroon)-Flickr

Silva Screen Records has announced that five time BAFTA nominee Murray Gold recently confirmed that he is stepping down from composer duties on the show after 12 years of providing some of the finest music to be heard on contemporary television. This is also the 12th Silva Screen release of his music from the 2005 revival onwards and underlines the breadth of Gold’s composing skill across over two and a half hours of music.

March 22, 2018

Bear McCreary Embraces authentic Nordic Music for latest GOD OF WAR Game Score

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Featuring Faroese vocalist Eivør Pálsdóttir and an orchestra of 50 strings, 17 brass instruments and six low woodwinds, plus Iceland’s 22-singer Schola Cantorum choir and a 48-singer choir from Prague, Bear McCreary’s new score for God of War may well find itself among gaming’s greatest scores. 

God of War, which will be released for PlayStation 4 on April 20, refocuses the prior games’ emphasis on Greek mythology to Norse lore. “I researched Nordic folk music — the way it sounds,” McCreary said. “I wanted to communicate something authentic. Rather than using traditional choirs recorded in London or Los Angeles, we went to Iceland. That’s as immersed as I can get into the world of God of War — going onto these glaciers and experiencing it.”

By recording in Iceland with an Icelandic choir, the singers could read the text and pronounce the words properly, McCrary explained.  There’s a section of text in the game which is sung in the score; the words were translated by a scholar into Old Norse. That dialect no longer exists today as a spoken language, but of current languages it is closest to Icelandic. Having it sung in proper pronunciation gave McCreary an incredible edge in the historical authenticity of the choral music

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March 22, 2018

Composer Pinar Toprak Brings Krypton’s ‘Otherworldly’ Sounds to Life – and links John Williams’ Superman to his Krptonian ancestry

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According to composer Pinar Toprak, currently scoring SyFy’s KRYPTON, the sound of Superman’s home planet is a decisively “otherworldly” sound. In an online article posted today at Variety, writer Jon Burlingame discussed with Toprak her process of scoring the new series.

Using a phalanx of synthesizers and electronic music making machines in her own studio, Toprak is able to endow the planet of Krypton with a “dark, oppressive atmosphere” while augmenting its main characters with an evocative sonic spirit of “heroism and warmth.”

“This show has a lot of heart,” Toprak said. “Even though it’s a world that is not ours, we can relate to a lot of the motivations and struggles and successes. Conveying the right emotion at the right time is the main gig.”

Read the full story by Jon Burlingame at Variety

Note: Having just watched the pilot episode at Syfy – com, I’ll add this note (no major story spoilers that aren’t already evident in the trailers): In Toprak’s score for KRYTON’s pilot episode, she quotes the first eight notes (the fanfare) of John Williams’ classic SUPERMAN theme: first when Seg-El and his mother first arrive at his grandfather Val El’s Fortress of Solitude after being given the key by Earth time-traveler Adam Strange; and again during as the very last musical cue of the episode, after Strange confronts Seg-El again in the Fortress informing him what is at stake to Krypton – and his future descendent. By using the powerful, sparkling, and instantly recognizable Williams fanfare (arguably the most important notes of Williams’ full Superman anthem), Toprak associates the El family heritage, its past and its potential future (it also associated and the cinematic linkage between the Richard Donner SUPERMAN film and its filmic descendant, the KRYTON series). The connection is both emotional and iconic, lending a credibility to the series’ pedigree. – rdl

March 15, 2018

Listen to Alan Silvestri’s Main Title from READY PLAYER ONE


The Main Title music from Steven Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE, based on the Ernest Cline novel, has been released to all those in the stacks.  Read full story here.


March 13, 2018

Dumbledore, Grindelwald, and James Newton Howard: FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 trailer

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The official teaser trailer for FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD was released today.  Fancy a viewing? See below!

James Newton Howard, who composed the first FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, returns with a powerful new score for the sequel.

In then new film, magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with young Albus Dumbledore to prevent the devious Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.The film opens November 16th, 2018 from Warner Bros.

March 5, 2018

Coming this Christmas: Mary Poppins Returns

_Emily Blunt as Mary PoppinsThe teaser trailer was released this weekend for Disney’s Christmas surprise, MARY POPPINS RETURNS – a sequel to the studio’s charming fantasy-musical of 1964, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Film, TV, and Broadway composer & songwriter Marc Shaiman (HAIRSPRAY, the Broadway musical; Stephen King’s MISERY, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, LBJ) is composing the score while he and partner Scott Wittman wrote the songs; both certainly possess the talents and musical chops to follow the legacy of the original’s Irwin Kostal (score) and Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman (songs).

Read full story here .

February 18, 2018

Freeform’s forthcoming SIREN Series Scored by Michael A. Levine

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February 10, 2018

ARRIVAL, SICARIO Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Dies at age 48

Women in Horror Month: The 9th Annual Blood Drive is Upon Us

WiHM9-GrrrlLogoWide-BR-websiteSince February is Women in Horror Month (WiMH), and America needs blood donations, we’d like to support the partnership between WiMH and Twisted Twin Productions (the amazing filmmakers Jen & Sylvia Soska and their talented crew) in getting the word out about the WiHM Blood Drive.

Read the Whole (Blood) Story, here 

February 5, 2018

After yesterday’s short teaser at the Super Bowl, now here’s the Full 1:44-min teaser trailer for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

And if you missed yesterday’s short teaser, here it is:

February 4, 2018

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY: Trailer debuted today during Super Bowl – In theaters May 25. 

Score is being composed by John Powell with a new theme by John Williams.


February 1, 2018

WINCHESTER: The Spierig Brothers Bring Us The Most Haunted House In The World – In Theaters February 2

winchester-onesheet-1-e1517516095971Check out the trailer to Winchester, the new supernatural horror film brought to you by Jigsaw directors Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (The Spierig Brothers)!  Lakeshore Records  will release the soundtrack, featuring score by Peter Spierig — more album details coming soon!

Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness.

[Not inspired by true events but here’s where the story becomes way more interesting- rdl (who grew up with spitting distance of the Winchester Mansion).] But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the troubled Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters…

Watch trailer below:


January 28, 2017

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN composer John Morris dies at 91

Best known for scoring nearly all of director Mel Brooks’ comedy films, composer John Morris died Thursday Jan. 25th at the age of 91. Morris began as Brooks’ regular composer with 1967’s THE PRODUCER; he went on to compose the music for all of Brooks’ movies except DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT and ROBIN HOOD, MEN IN TIGHTS…

Read full story here

January 27, 2018

Netflix Just Dropped the Trailer for David Bruckner’s THE RITUAL Horror Film, Score by Ben Lovett

the-ritual_600-optThe trailer for THE RITUAL, the new horror film by David Bruckner (SOUTHBOUND, V/H/S, THE SIGNAL) has been posted by Netflix. The score has been composed by ace synth expert Ben Lovett. No stranger to delivering moody and foreboding scores (Ben delivered one of Lakeshore’s favorite releases of 2016, SYNCHRONICITY), we can expect to hear more of Lovett’s dark synth handiwork in this forthcoming album release. Check out the trailer below.

THE RITUAL premieres February 9 on Netflix.

The digital soundtrack album will be released on February 9th from Lakeshore.  Sample tracks and pre-order the album on iTunes here

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