Muhly's score for this upcoming drama about a murder among the Beat Generation poets has already gotten a mention in a review of the film posted at Indiewire:
"KILL YOUR DARLINGS often looks quite beautiful. The production design is great for its shoestring budget and Nico Muhly’s score ('The Reader,' 'Margaret') is often the most beautiful and affecting element of the piece."
I have two score CD's by Muhly and I love them both. Joshua is one the most strident and beautiful horror scores I've heard in years. It reminds me of Goldsmith in it's design and execution. The Reader is a low-key, but very effective score, with some lovely, melancholic music that just breaks your heart (seeing the film added to my enjoyment of the score...Joshua less so). I think that's everything, film-score-wise, by him (that I know of anyway). I know he had a score rejected for that post-9/11 film that Desplat took over on and Margaret never got released. I keep meaning to give a listen to his non-score CD's, but haven't gotten 'round to it yet. This sounds cool, hope someone sticks it out (preferably on CD).
Just watched this and really enjoyed the score. Takes Muhly's traditional piano/strings classical-sounding sensibilities and adds some Jon Brion-esque touches. Minimal and effective. Sad to see there's not an album yet!
Much like Horner's scores to Testament and The Dresser, this score is performed by a small ensemble (9 players, including the composer) but sounds a lot more expansive. In relation to his other scores, some moments remind me of his starkly beautiful music for Joshua. At only 22 minutes, there isn't a great deal to hang your hat onto, but the music is never dull. There is always something going on (to my ears) of interest. Hard to believe (in this day and age) there is a pressed CD, but I was more than happy to see a copy of it in my local HMV yesterday for £9.99. It was mine!!!
Some of the latter score cues on this CD remind me of the work of Jonsi and Sigur Ros, which is interesting, as Muhly has spent the last few years hanging/helping out with those Icelandic boys on some of their projects. I like melancholy
I find myself endlessly drawn and bewitched by this score. It's a melding of the old and the new. Classical, jarring orchestral effects are pitted against the newer, more modern processed/distorted sounds, which when combined conjure some beautiful soundscapes. It's one of those scores that just keeps improving with repeated plays. I also wonder which way the influence stream flows with this one, as parts of it sound strikingly similar, at times, to the work of Jonsi and Sigur Ros, of whom Nico Muhly has been collaborating with over the past few years. Fascinating Captain.