Varèse Sarabande Records is thrilled to announce the upcoming Original Motion Picture Soundtrack release for the dramatic thriller Crisis, written and directed by Nicholas Jarecki (Arbitrage). The album is comprised of a pulsing electronic score from up-and-coming French Canadian composer Raphaël Reed. The soundtrack will be officially released by Varèse Sarabande on February 26, the day of the film’s theatrical release. Quiver Distribution will release Crisis on digital and demand on March 5.
Raphaël landed the project when director Nicholas Jarecki asked him to submit some gritty electronic music that would suit the film’s narrative. Upon reading the script, the composer created an experimental and heartfelt piece of music that spoke to Nicholas so much that it ended up becoming the main theme of Crisis (Track #28 - “I’m A Federal Agent”). Aesthetic Magazine exclusively premiered the Crisis main theme today—check it out here.
“Composing the music for Crisis was an incredible experience and a beautiful challenge. Cliff Martinez (music advisor) and I had weekly discussions with Nicholas Jarecki (director) about his vision for the film to have its own unique musical identity embodying the themes of struggle and hope in the face of great adversity—fitting ideas for the opioid emergency. We wanted the music to draw attention to the complexity of the characters’ emotions and to underline the darkness of the opioid epidemic while still instilling some positive possibilities. With that in mind, I experimented with different instruments, playing them in unusual ways, creating striking textures and strong thematic elements. I feel the result is a truly unique score that reflects the gritty, real, and beautiful world that is Crisis,” says Raphaël Reed.
Raphaël Reed is a Canadian composer and sound artist based in Montreal. A graduate from the University of Montreal in Music Research and Contemporary Creation, his style is an innovative hybrid integrating analog synth, electro-acoustic gestures, and classical instruments. In film and television, his compositions include the soundtrack of Crisis (2021) from Director Nicholas Jarecki. His other music scores include, amongst others, The Walrus and the WhistleBlower (2020), Louise Lecavalier: In Motion (2018), Révolution (2018), 1:54 (2016), and A Little Bit Of Zombie (2012). In largescale live events, he co-composed the opening soundtrack for the 2014 UEFA Champions League final held in Portugal and directed and composed the Chimelong International Circus in China (2017). He has also composed music for hundreds of advertisements.
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to the classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Varèse Sarabande’s catalog includes albums from practically every composer in every era, covering all of film history; from Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith to Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino and Brian Tyler. Varèse Sarabande Records, LLC, is a Concord company.
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