4 out of 5
Label: Waxwork Records
Produced by: Thomas Dimuzio (mastered by)
An absorbing, and haunting score of moods, Keegan DeWitt’s ‘Queen Of Earth’ floats between variations on emanations of tones – bells, keys – swarming the listener; occasionally calming, occasionally creeping. While the music here isn’t necessarily thematic, it’s all absolutely of a like mind, and conjures up a sense of discontent, and wandering – it belongs together, leading you – at least for the A-side – from one track into the next. The B-side is similarly affecting but a bit more fractured; it’s not necessarily as ‘cinematic’ as the first half, but it’s equally as interesting in its own right, allowing for some shimmers of light in the end credits theme.
The liner notes of the Waxwork release of the score support something that wholly comes through in the music: that everyone just sort of knew that these sounds worked, and I think beyond their likely synchronicity with the film – which I haven’t seen – it’s at least partially because DeWitt has imbued the music with a soul of its own, inspired by imagery and conversations. I am, admittedly, more of a fan of scores that have this quality – that exist separated from their visual accompaniment – and it’s something that’s especially enhanced when the composer feels connected to both the material and cinematic inspiration, which would seem to be the case here. Film director Alex Ross Perry, lead star Elisabeth Moss, and DeWitt all contribute some words in the LPs packaging, and instead of being the semi-usual patter simply about how good the music is, the appreciation of its passion comes clearly through, and it satisfyingly aligned with own experience with the music.
Ethereal, spooky, and quite beautiful stuff.