Heather McIntosh’s Z for Zachariah score has been given concrete release dates, with the original soundtrack set to be released digitally on August 28 and physically on September 4.
Before McIntosh composed her first movie score, she was already leaving a permanent mark in the music scene, touring with Lil’ Wayne, playing bass for Gnarls Barkley, and creating crackling indie-tracks with the likes of Animal Collective, Norah Jones, and St. Vincent.
The up-and-coming composer’s first two feature-length narrative films – Compliance and The Rambler – were accepted into the Sundance Film Festival, with McIntosh going on to become one of only four women to make the Academy Awards shortlist of composers for Best Original Score in 2013.
Her latest outing, Z for Zachariah, based on the best-selling novel by Robert C. O’Brien, sees McIntosh reunite with director Craig Zobel for a second time.
“Our director-composer language is pretty well developed,” explained McIntosh.
“With our last collaboration, the ensemble was super minimal: super biting, but minimal. This time we wanted to push ourselves with the score and it’s thematic development. Really go for it, you know? Though it is a chamber work, we wanted the sound to be full and orchestral.”
“This work has a very pastoral tone, even though we are depicting the end of the world, it takes place in the only part of the world unaffected by the apocalypse. Along with lush chamber strings and horns, there is also an subtle underlying tension developed by the use of electronic and acoustic manipulated sounds.”
Z for Zachariah will open in theaters on August 28. Check out the trailer below.