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Milan Records: THE KNICK: SEASON 2 [2015] - Cliff Martinez

Milan Records will release THE KNICK: SEASON 2 – Original Television Soundtrack digitally on October 30 followed by a physical CD December 18, 2015.  The album features original music by composer Cliff Martinez (DRIVE, SPRING BREAKERS), a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“I thought the music from last year was scary good,” admitted Martinez. “Then when Steven edited the new episodes around that music, in many instances it felt even stronger than in its original incarnation. It seemed impossible to top. After such attention to musically creating the atmosphere of The Knick in the first season, the second season allows for a deepening of the tonally anachronistic world.”

THE KNICK: SEASON 2 – Original Television Soundtrack will release digitally on October 30 and on CD December 18.  The ten-episode second season airs on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on Cinemax.

"In continuing THE KNICK I kept a time-honored Soderbergh/Martinez tradition that I like to call ‘one thing,’” Martinez remarked. “I try very hard to score an entire scene using only one sound or instrument. It's difficult, and I usually end up cheating, but by limiting the number of elements, I'm always guaranteed an expressively minimalist and fat-free soundtrack. For all the new pieces the challenge was to stand alongside all the older material and not embarrass anyone.”

In season 2 of The Knick, it’s 1901 in New York City and The Knickerbocker Hospital faces an upheaval, as Dr. John Thackery’s absence (due to his hospitalization for cocaine addiction), a dearth of affluent patients, and financial missteps have led to the board’s decision to shutter The Knick in favor of a new building uptown. In this world of corruption, invention and progress, everyone is searching for the new path that will help him or her survive. Whether it’s a path toward justice, freedom, love or just plain survival, nothing comes easy.

As relocation plans proceed, the gifted but under-appreciated Dr. Algernon Edwards jockeys to become Thackery’s successor as chief of surgery, while fellow doctors, nurses, nuns and administrators grapple with challenges at work and in their private lives.

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