The Haxan Cloak's Bobby Krlic Unveils 'Midsommar' Soundtrack
The sonic universe of Ari Aster's 'Hereditary' follow-up is described as "both insular and oddly timeless"
Published Jun 19, 2019While horror fiends' anticipation continues to grow for Ari Aster's Hereditary follow-up Midsommar, we've now got word of the film's sure to be terrifying soundtrack release. The score was helmed by dark-minded electronic artist Bobby Krlic, who you may know better as the Haxan Cloak.
Krlic's soundtrack to Midsommar will arrive on July 5 via Milan Records.
Apparently, it was Krlic's previous Haxan Cloak music that got him the scoring gig, with Aster actually writing the entire script to Midsommar while listening to his music.
A press release explains the following of the soundtrack and the way it's used in the film:
In addition to the more traditional underscore, Krlic was also responsible for the music that exists within the narrative of the film itself, the music that the characters play and sing inside the film. The script was written so the characters would have these wordless, atonal, ritualistic songs. So, Aster and Krlic developed a vocal language for the characters in the film to sing and sourced all traditional Nordic instruments, like such as a Hurdy Gurdy and a Key Harp, to record with.
The film, which dives deep into Swedish folklore and a kind of technicolor paganism, asked for a sonic universe that was both insular and oddly timeless — something by turns darkly ritualistic and deeply beautiful. The score achieves that.
In a statement of his own, Krlic said, "Trying to live up to the expectations of a director who wrote the script to my music was an intimidating task, but in the end I believe it's been the most rewarding and deeply educational experience I've ever had. Not only was working with Ari Aster an honour, but the work was a true collaboration."
Midsommar is set to arrive in theatres on July 3 via A24.
Midsommar Original Score:
4. The House that Hårga Built
6. Ritual In Transfigured Time
7. Murder (Mystery)
8. The Blessing
9. Chorus of Sirens
10. A Language of Sex
11. Hårga, Collapsing
12. Fire Temple