Here’s another quick round-up of recommended scores released over the previous week (w/e 20th August 2021).
Czarny Młyn (2021) – Maciek Dobrowolski (Maciek Dobrowolski)
A group of adventurous kids enter a ruined mill against everyone’s advice and subsequently unleash an evil force in this Polish family adventure feature. What stands out for me with Dobrowolski’s score is the electronic ambient nature of the score. The composer embraces the synth palette – including vocals – that he has to work with and runs with it so that what you end up with is an enveloping electronic soundscape that very listenable. Currently there are two versions of the score available: a 21-track streaming version and a 34-track expanded downloadable version.
The Match (2021) – Dalibor Grubačević (Plaza Mayor Co., Ltd.)
A drama, based on true events, where the Nazis organise a football match between a team of camp inmates and an elite Nazi team. The highlight of the score is an emotional theme centred around strings and piano, and it’s the emotional aspect of the story that features prominently on this 45-minute album – even when the story reaches its climax of the match itself. Overall, The Match is a score that focuses on the human emotions and cost of war rather than being a superficial ‘us-vs.-them’ confrontation piece.