Milan Records today releases PANIC (MUSIC FROM THE AMAZON ORIGINAL SERIES) by composers ISABELLA SUMMERS and BRIAN H. KIM. Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by the duo for the latest Amazon Original series based on the best-selling young adult novel by Lauren Olivier. Best known as “the Machine” of Florence and the Machine and an Emmy®-nominated composer in her own right, Isabella Summers brings her extensive writing, producing and recording experience to the project, joining forces with classical pianist turned composer Brian H. Kim to create the show’s soundscape. The resulting 15-track collection is an intensely visceral and emotionally evocative soundtrack that encapsulates the show’s narrative of desperate teenagers competing for a chance to escape their small town roots. Also included within the soundtrack is a new original song performed by breakout pop singer-songwriter Tate McRae entitled “Darkest Hour.” Panic premieres all 10 episodes exclusively on Amazon Prime Video today, Friday, May 28 in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
Of the score, co-composers Isabella Summers and Brian H. Kim say, “The score for Panic needed to be visceral and modern. The story is told through the perspective of 21st century teenagers, but the stakes are life and death, with challenges that border on tribal. We used aggressive synths — tons of Virus, distortion and effects — combined with huge war drums and attacking strings. Many synth arpeggiations bordered on abstract, but everything was always grounded in the emotion of the characters. We were able to branch those sounds into more subtle cues about family strife, tension between friends, and romance, as the show explored more personal themes. We are thrilled with how the music turned out. We think it is like nothing else out there. It is a gut punch."
Panic is a new Amazon Prime Video one-hour drama series, written and created by Lauren Oliver (based on her bestselling novel). It takes place in a small Texas town, where every summer the graduating seniors compete in a series of challenges, winner takes all, which they believe is their one and only chance to escape their circumstances and make their lives better. But this year, the rules have changed — the pot of money is larger than ever and the game has become even more dangerous. The players will come face to face with their deepest, darkest fears and be forced to decide how much they are willing to risk in order to win.
Panic is created, written by and executive produced by Lauren Oliver and executive produced by Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Adam Schroeder. Lynley Bird and Alyssa Altman serve as co-executive producers. Panic is produced by Amazon Studios.
Isabella (the Machine) Summers, known best as the architect of the sound of Florence and the Machine, spent 14 years writing, producing, touring, and composing her cinematic sound with the band before making the jump from pop music to composing for film and television.
First scoring some of Sam Levinson's Assassination Nation, Isabella then went on to score Little Fires Everywhere for Hulu, earning her her first Emmy® nomination, in addition to creating the main title theme for Sky's Riviera. Less than a year later, she teamed up with Brian Kim to score Panic, her third show and is coming out on Amazon this spring. She is currently composing her fourth and fifth series for Apple TV and Netflix, alongside writing her debut record.
Brian H. Kim is a classically trained pianist turned modern film composer. In his late teens, after years of rigorous conservatory training since early childhood, Brian planted himself in New York City’s electronic music scene, running errands between — and learning from — as many studios as he could. He later moved to Los Angeles to write music for film and television, and has since scored award-winning, genre-bending projects for Disney, Fox, NBC, HBO, and many others. His music weaves electronic experimentation with grounded acoustic ensembles, often with Brian playing every instrument. As an instrumentalist and singer, Brian has recorded with several multi-platinum artists and performed in more than two dozen countries around the world.
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