- Original Motion Picture Score for The Virgin Suicides
the eclectic French duo who brought us the critically acclaimed
Moon Safari in 1998,
has returned. And, once again, they have broken away from
standards, walking their own musical path. This time they
have composed, produced, and performed the score to Sofia
Coppola's directing debut, The Virgin Suicides.
their first new work since Moon Safari. The new music
shows a different side of these boys. The glossy synth-pop
samples that made Moon Safari have taken a backseat
to a more minimalist style. There is nothing fanciful here,
instead they have achieved a sense of traumatic beauty previously
found only with classical composers such as Debussy.
opens with "Playground Love" and is the only song with vocals.
It is sung by Gordon Tracks, another French musician, and
sets the depressing tone of lost love. This depressed theme
continues throughout the album, especially on songs such as
"Bathroom Girl" and "Dark Messages."
songs go on throughout the album, we hear reoccurrences of
themes - both musical and emotional. "Highschool Lover" is
a refrain of "Playground Love" but without the vocals. It
is also listed as "Theme from The Virgin Suicides" and its
longing tone sets the musical mood for this film.
pieces such as "The Word 'Hurricane'" and "Dead Bodies" return
Air to a state more reminiscent of the work we heard on Moon
Safari. "Hurricane" begins with a more up-tempo feel, with
vocal chanting mixed in. However, the music and chanting cuts
back midway through, and a female voice enters, offering a
definition of a hurricane. The music comes back in, swirls
around, and becomes much more avant-garde, incorporating bursts
of piano, twisting around until it all dies out.
succeeded in making a beautiful, yet somehow disturbing piece
of art to accompany The Virgin Suicides. One cannot help but
become entranced by the genius these two men possess. If the
film is anywhere near as mystifying as its score, it will
be one of the great films of the year. If the score becomes
more than accompanying music, and instead becomes a part of
the film, the film will be more than a movie, it will be a
work of art.
and Dunckel have done their part. Now it is time to see if
Coppola can do hers.