Soundtrack Review: Bates Motel


Bates Motel
Released by Lakeshore Records, 2016
26 tracks with a total running time of 71 min.
Music by Chris Bacon

Ominous: portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious.

That is what ominous means according to the dictionary. It is also a perfect word to describe this score from Chris Bacon for the series Bates Motel. There are some tracks that are quiet and almost pleasant. But then you realize there is something darker there, hiding underneath the melody from the piano. This is where Bacon’s score excels. Even with the opening track, Bates Motel, with the use of different strings and different tempos, we can already get a feel of the dark and doom heading our way. In track #4 Greenhouse, the atmosphere continues to seep in with a soft notes from maybe a harp(?) but with those strings in the background that give the listener an easy feeling that something is going to happen. Not tension, mind you, but making you feel uneasy.

Since the whole soundtrack is very similar with the sound and audio experience, one could consider it sort of one dimensional. But I happen to think that it is one that is great to have playing in the background, where it’s not giving enough to distract you or even grab your conscious attention, but still works its magic in the background.


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