In Clint Mansell's newly released track "The Vertical City" we hear the synthesis of a "brooding, edginess" and "ironic good cheer." Featured within the score of Ben Wheatley’s film adaptation of J. G. Ballard's High-Rise, the composition offers a tact preview of what audiences might expect on screen.
Ironically, High-Rise has been stacked with criticisms, placing its American distribution in a state of blogospheric speculation. Fortunately, its State-side release has been confirmed for both VOD (April 28) and theaters (May 13). With Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons starring together, we can now indulge a stylish, voyeuristic glimpse into a dystopic unraveling of First World characters facing First World Problems i.e. the dismantling psychosis of excess, privilege and ambition culminating in intensifying perception of isolation, and, of course, maddening violence). For film buffs, critical artists, and deep thinkers, we believe there's thorough cinematic inspiration to warrant a High-Rise viewing, even if the film's totality has left "critics" emotionally unfulfilled, or logically unsettled.
Former Pop Will Eat Itself frontman turned soundtrack composer, Clint Mansell is reputed for collaborations with Darren Aronofsky, and also scored Moon (Duncan Jones’ directorial debut), amongst a plethora of scoring credits. More info here.
High-Rise by Clint Mansell is out May 13th on Silva Screen. Get it here.
High-Rise (directed by Ben Wheatley) will be released April 28th (VOD/On Demand) and May 13th (theaters) from Magnolia Pictures.
Press photo courtesy Ivan Bideac.