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The Old Guard
(2020)
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Composed and Produced by:
Volker Bertelmann
Dustin O'Halloran

Conducted by:
Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Orchestrated by:
Anthony Weeden
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Lakeshore Records
(July 10th, 2020)
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Commercial digital release, with high resolution and vinyl options available.
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Buy it... if there is no limit to your passion for composers recording and manipulating warehouse recordings of percussion and synthetics in an attempt to reinvent the modern action sound.

Avoid it... unless you prefer your superhero scores ambient, drab, and largely pointless, the composers failing to coherently develop their many keyboarded melodies into a meaningful whole.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,985
WRITTEN 2/14/21
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The Old Guard: (Volker Bertelmann/Dustin O'Halloran) In yet another comic book adaptation ready for cinematic plundering, Greg Rucka's "The Old Guard" concept was brought to life by Charlize Theron as producer and star for Netflix in 2020, telling of the not-so-original idea that there are self-healing superhumans out there being pursued by evil government and corporate interests. This group is known for doing humanitarian work around the world via vigilante justice, and the catch to their powers of immortality is that they eventually suddenly lose that capability for no known reason. When a contemporary, American military servicewoman in Afghanistan fails to die in combat due to having this unknown ability, she becomes the target of the superhumans for assimilation into their group, all the while the American pharmaceutical villains hunt them down to find their secret sauce. While Theron's man-thrashing performance and the fact that a woman of color, Gina Prince-Bythewood, finally helmed a major superhero film were both noteworthy about The Old Guard, the most interesting nugget about the production was Rucka's requirement that a gay love affair between two of the superhuman leads was retained with passion in the film. (Cue up the bans in at least two dozen countries run by hateful schmucks!) Despite relatively sparse action in the movie, Netflix quickly greenlit a sequel. Prince-Bythewood had a working collaboration with composer Mark Isham in her previous directorial outings, but she turned to duo of Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O'Halloran to supply music in between the numerous song placements in The Old Guard. Bertelmann and O'Halloran burst into the mainstream due to their unexpected awards nominations for 2016's Lion, an overrated score, and they have continued working together on film scores since. Both originating as pianists, it's understandable that they tackle The Old Guard with keyboarded contemplation as the focus. The piano almost exclusively carries the melodic contents of the score, with the largely moody and ambient work filled out by synthesizers, manipulated percussion, orchestral string section, and various solo choral effects. They experimented with a variety of custom modular synthetic and percussion sounds recorded in an Iceland warehouse to provide a unique set of tones for the surprisingly dour score. As usual, though, such attempts at creativity provide nothing engagingly new to the ears.


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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 46:04
• 1. The Old Guard (1:12)
• 2. Hotel (1:21)
• 3. A New Mission (2:00)
• 4. Rejuvenation (1:53)
• 5. Double Bubble (1:27)
• 6. Nile (1:01)
• 7. Andy's Mission (1:49)
• 8. Niles Rejuvenation (1:09)
• 9. The Iron Maiden (3:22)
• 10. Caught (1:28)
• 11. Drive to the Mine (2:32)
• 12. Little Permissions (1:53)
• 13. They Grow Old (1:38)
• 14. What If We Don't Live Forever (1:05)
• 15. Love That's Lost (2:42)
• 16. What We Leave Behind (2:02)
• 17. Traitor (4:14)
• 18. Montenegro (1:07)
• 19. We Won't Give Up (1:57)
• 20. The Old Guard Attacks (1:54)
• 21. Skybridge (1:36)
• 22. I Always Go First (3:05)
• 23. Beach (2:23)
• 24. You Are Going to Help Us (1:14)

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