Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Sicario score has been picked up by record label Varèse Sarabande, who will release the album digitally and physically on September 18.
Jóhannsson, who was awarded a Golden Globe and picked up an Academy Award nomination for his work on Steven Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, called the writing process for Sicario as both “daunting and exhilarating”. The movie itself debuted at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, earning rave reviews for both the film and the score.
“Denis didn’t use temp music while editing, so I began writing the music with a completely blank slate. This was both daunting and exhilarating,” said Jóhannsson.
“Like Prisoners, it’s quite tense and has a certain sense of dread, but the instrumentation is very different. While Prisoners had practically no drums at all, there is a lot of percussion in Sicario; I recorded 5 different drummers and did a lot of electronic manipulation of the recordings.
“I was partly inspired by the spectral writing of composers like Gerard Grisey and Horatiu Radulescu while the percussive aspect of the score was partly inspired by the group Swans – I wanted to capture a kind of relentlessly slow and mournful but still ferocious and brutal energy.
“I used a combination of 65-piece orchestra and individual soloists, combined with extensive electronic manipulation of the recordings, to create the score. The orchestral writing is textural rather than melodic.”
Denis Villeneuve’s crime thriller will hit select theatres on September 18, before opening worldwide on September 25. Check out the trailer below.