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San Junipero (Original Score) by Clint Mansell

San Junipero (Original Score) by Clint Mansell

Album Review

The third season of Black Mirror landed on Netflix to widespread acclaim in 2016, and an additional treat was that a number of episodes were scored by well-established film soundtrack veterans. One such brilliant score for a particular standout episode (San Junipero) was composed by former Pop Will Eat Itself frontman and “Lux Aeterna” creator Clint Mansell. The episode itself was a different kind of Black Mirror; ultimately a period piece focused on technological nostalgia therapy and centered upon the romantic relationship between a female couple. Mansell’s score transcends the primary ’80s setting, interweaving forlorn strings, static-tinged electronica, and beautifully orchestrated strings awash with reverb. It features some familiar elements from Mansell’s bag of tricks; his melodies play out here beautifully. Opener “San Junipero (80s-90s-00s-??)” begins with an enticing repetitive melodic pattern that sits against a captivating backdrop of graceful strings and ambience. The piece harks back to his accomplishments in encapsulating moods with simple melodies in films such as Moon and The Wrestler. Some new tricks…




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