Intrada releases soundtrack CD for Universal’s latest Blumhouse horror picture! From the company that brought you modern horror classics Get Out, Us, Happy Death Day, Split, Glass, Happy Death Day 2U, Paranormal Activity, The Purge as well as serious fare including BlacKkKlansman. Jason Blum produces, Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Tate Taylor, Allison Janney, Luke Evans star, Scotty Lands writes, Tate Taylor directs, Gregory Tripi scores.
Lonely middle-aged Spencer befriends group of teenagers, invites them to party in her basement. She has some house rules but… so far so good. Then she grows possessive. Then worse. Then, the nightmare host from hell!
Gergory Tripi (ABC’s The Fix, Drive, Contagion) creates mood of suspense that gains in intensity as it progresses. Electronics dominate unusual score but Tripi includes additional colors from bassoon (an instrument he studied), Halo drum, ukulele, piano, cello, voice. Unique! Trips launches with gentle, plaintive melodic figures over sparse sustained harmony. Suspense enters quickly. “You Can Beat It Ma” develops melodic shape further, allows for sentiment. Architecture remains cohesive throughout with unusual Halo (handpan in two sizes producing tones from melancholy to striking to exotic) dominating. “You Don’t Look So Well” introduces darker element with degree of deep lower register colors alongside steady pulse.
From this point onwards, Tripi allows ever-increasing element of fear in his music. By “Cool It With The Pics”, listeners become aware grim proceedings have taken the lead. Frightening highlight: “Maybe I Should Cut It Off”. Another chilling highlight: “This Ought To Shut You Up”. Special spotlight goes to “I Am Not My Mother”. Here, grim elements are augmented by dramatic bass drum, looped rhythmic synthesizer figures while shifting higher melodic material hovers above. “Up In Flames” brings score to dramatic albeit classically-tinged idea that offers brief respite before yielding to intense, rustling finish.
Musical architecture plays in not so much of an arc as it does one ever-ascending line dipping and spiking on its way to the top. Neat idea! Score performed by Gregory Tripi, bassoon & Halo drum performed by Tripi, cello performed by Adele Stein, vocals performed by Amy Botello. Add Ma to you horror soundtrack collection, turn out the lights and listen in fear! -INTRADA
1 I Was Just A Kid 1:52
2 You Can Beat It Ma 1:40
3 Pretty Cool, Huh? 0:52
4 Nobody's Here But You And Me 1:40
5 Mercedes Stakeout 1:13
6 Modern Babes In A Modern World 0:42
7 It's Five O'clock Somewhere 0:57
8 You Don't Look So Well 1:04
9 Not Saying Shit 1:22
10 Hey Ma, Loser 1:21
11 Pow 0:44
12 Cool It With The Pics 1:02
13 Go Feed The Animals 1:01
14 You're Making Your Business My Business 0:52
15 This Is Your One Warning 1:37
16 All In Boxes 0:58
17 Sue Ann Flashback 0:34
18 Maybe I Should Cut It Off 2:46
19 You're Missing Out 2:10
20 That Much Diazepem 1:11
21 Those Big Doe Eyes 1:22
22 This Ought To Shut You Up 2:06
23 We Have History 1:39
24 Who's In The House? 1:13
25 Set The Picture 1:42
26 I Am Not My Mother 2:52
27 Up In Flames 1:48