A combination of synthesised and orchestral music with the
emphasis squarely on foreboding and atmosphere.
The 'Opening Titles/Blood Drips' is very low key, bleak and
ominous and is really no more than background music and there are many subsequent
tracks that fit this mould; 'Fog', 'The Dead Dog' etc. But fortunately there
is more to the score than atmospherics and the first major theme to be heard
is introduced on 'The Glacier', a melodic, poignant piece that becomes darker
and more forbidding as it develops. This motif is also heard to fine effect
on 'Kay's Funeral' and in a subtle variation on 'Ellie's Theme' before a more
expansive version appears on the 'Closing Titles'. The other central theme of
the score is first encountered on 'Call to Hap's Window', a mournful piece that
is perhaps too subtle for its own good. But it gets better treatment on a number
of other cues like 'Will's Confession', 'Walter's Lake House' and '"Let
Me Sleep"'. It has to said though that there is little in the way of action,
the closest to it being the slightly energetic 'Kay's Bag', recalled briefly
on 'Walter's Apartment' and although these pieces work quite well, a few more
up-tempo tracks would have made the score rather more engaging.
A mood piece that has an accumulative effect, but will not
be to everyone's taste due to the insistence on droning synths and introspective
suspense building. However, the score does possess a darkly insidious quality
that I at least found quite appealing and I'm certain it will make a strong
impression in the film itself.