COLIN STETSON SCORES MINDBENDING HORROR FILM HEREDITARY
April 5, 2018
Acclaimed Avant Jazz & Drone Artist + Arcade Fire Collaborator Colin Stetson Creates Potent, Booming, Frightening Score.
- Sample track & trailer below
HEREDITARY is an upcoming horror film directed by newcomer Ari Aster and starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Ann Dowd. Following lavish praise from early screenings and a successful run on the festival circuit, A24 (MOONLIGHT, LADY BIRD, A GHOST STORY) is releasing the film on June 8th, 2018.
Scoring duties on HEREDITARY came to Colin Stetson (LAVENDER, OUTLAWS & ANGELS), and he’s conjured an instant classic where the end result is a uniquely uneasy, sinister suite of music capped with one of the most unexpected conclusions in recent years. Stetson is equally at home in the avant jazz tradition of players who have pushed the boundaries of the instrument through circular breathing, embouchure, etc. (i.e. Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson) and at the nexus of noise/drone/minimalist music that encompasses genres like dark metal, post-rock and contemporary electronics (i.e. Tim Hecker, Ben Frost – both of whom have mixed or remixed Stetson recordings).
In HEREDITARY when Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
Milan Records will be releasing the soundtrack to HEREDITARY on June 8th, 2018 coinciding with the release of the film. In addition to the digital and CD release, it will be pressed on a pair of 180g black LPs for optimal sound quality, and housed in a gatefold jacket featuring liner notes from director Ari Aster.
Listen to the opening film theme “Funeral,” streaming now on Soundcloud:
For more info on Colin Stetson see his website here
Watch the HEREDITARY trailer here: