Album The Hiphop of Solaris
posted by May 15 at 11:37 AMon
When asked what he is listening to at this moment, El-P, the founder of Def Jux, and the subject of an article I wrote this week, said the soundtrack for Steven Soderbergh’s remake of Andrie Tarkovsky’s Solaris. “Yeah, the movie sucks, but the soundtrack is really great. I can’t stop listening to it. There’s something there I want to figure out.”
I bought the soundtrack, listened to it, and came to agree with El-P—it’s a beautiful and meticulous work of movie music. But I think this is the secret of the score’s success: it sounds like a soundtrack for a movie that has never been made. Its music, produced by Cliff Martinez, does not connect with its movie, and so the music has a ghostly quality. It’s music without the presence and weight of its image.