Milan Records today announces the October 1 release of TITANE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by JIM WILLIAMS. Available to pre-order now, the album features score music written by Williams for director Julia Ducournau's critically acclaimed thriller, which received the top Palme d’Or award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is the second collaboration between Williams and Ducournau, the duo having worked together on Ducournau’s 2016 feature film debut Raw. Out today alongside album preorder is the soundtrack’s lead single “Sarabande,” an ominous, pulsating track indicative of the darkly foreboding quality of Williams’ score – listen here. Also included within the 18-track album is singer Lisa Abbott’s rendition of the folk classic “Wayfaring Stranger” as well as two additional tracks by Titane sound supervisor Séverin Favriau. One of the year’s most talked-about films, Titane will make its theatrical debut on Friday, October 1 from NEON.
“The score for Titane grows from a short theme for a scene where the protagonist leaves home in startling circumstances,” says composer JIM WILLIAMS of his work on the film, continuing, “Initially in a contemporary popular music style with a tinge of John Barry, later this was set with metal percussion and male voice choir using the Neapolitan Minor for a scene set in a car. As the film develops the theme takes on an emotional, darker twist.”
Educated in classical and jazz composition, Jim Williams first established himself in popular music writing and performance, with his subsequent extensive television experience culminating in an Ivor Novello Award nomination for Hotel Babylon. More recently he has focused on some of the more innovative feature films of recent times.
For Ben Wheatley’s Kill List press accolades described an ‘unsettling score – the film’s saturnine heartbeat – puls[ing] underneath’ (Financial Times), and a ‘brilliant score, which is filled with strings so taut, they sound like screams you might hear in the distance’ (LA Times). The score for Wheatley's A Field in England ‘[underpinned] ostensibly calm pastoral scenes with a constant undertow of clanging, churning menace’ (Hollywood Reporter), and Julia Ducournau’s highly acclaimed RAW used ‘folksy lighter numbers giving way to heavier, more psychedelic freak-out tracks as the characters degenerate into madness’ (Variety). The score for RAW was César Award nominated.
2018’s score for Beast was nominated for a BIFA for Best Music, with Variety noting ‘the many, varied screeches and squeaks of Jim Williams' terrifically rattling score’.
2020 saw Indian horror Kriya with ‘an unforgettable score’ (First Showing) premier at Fantasia Festival, and Brandon Cronenberg’s POSSESSOR premiered at Sundance featuring a ‘booming and distressing score… [that] helps to hammer home psychological breakdown’ (cinemasmack.com). The film won the Prix de la Musique Originale at the prestigious Gérardmer International Fantastic Film Festival, as well as Best Score at the 2021 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards.
Premiered in March 2021 at SXSW and directed by Kier-La Janisse, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror ‘is uplifted by a stunning score by Jim Williams’ (Horror Buzz), and produced by The Forge for Channel 4 released in autumn 2021, the score for Help, an ‘eviscerating’ feature starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham, contains a harrowing 12-minute music sequence that trawls the depths of despair thrown up by the pandemic.
Julia Ducournau’s second feature TITANE was scored with ‘unnerving low chanting… like a Black Mass’ (Variety), ‘accompanying the fervid action with its own fever dream rhythms, alternating between techno and something more operatic’ (Sight and Sound). TITANE was awarded the Palme d'Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
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