Cold Skin (2017)
Released by Quartet Records (2017)
14 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 37 min.
Music Composed by Víctor Reyes
We stumbled across this movie while scrolling through Netflix one night. It sounded interesting so I gave it a try. I wasn’t expecting a well made film with a little bit of a Lovecraftian feel to it. But then a few months later and I discover that there was a soundtrack actually released for this! Of course, I immediately ordered my copy. The more I looked into the career of composer Víctor Reyes, the more I realized that I had already heard some of his previous work. In fact, quite a few. Such as Buried (2010), Grand Piano (2013), and even the more recent Down a Dark Hall (2018). But let’s get to the review of this little beauty.
Right off the bat, let me say that this might not be a score for everyone. It is a very quiet and somber soundtrack, very low key and in the background. There is a track here and there, like Track 4: Night Visitors, that goes a little faster and builds the tension and suspense, but for the most part, it will not be busting through your speakers. So if you’re looking for a score to wake you up and get you moving, this is not it.
However, if you’re looking for one that seeps into your brain, like the fog in the morning as it sweeps over the misty ground, then you will enjoy this. It had me right from the haunting vocals in the opening track, Sea Creatures / Never Too Far. That is one of the things that I enjoyed the most of this one, that it is just a quiet and somber score, where the atmosphere just oozes into your brain. If you’re up for this kind of score that just resonates in the background, then you might want to pick this up.