Richard Einhorn – The Prowler

3 out of 5

Label: Waxwork Records

Produced by: Thomas Dimuzio (mastered by)

While my three stars ranking of Richard Einhorn’s ‘The Prowler’ score maybe proves I don’t always have the ears to appreciate the music, I do appreciate the efforts Waxwork Records puts in to their catalogue.  Some of the selections lean toward newer stuff that doesn’t really match the kind of culty vibe I associate with the imprint, but then they’ll drop sets like this one: the score for an underground slasher that they had to work with Einhorn on to locate the thought-lost tapes, the music then stitched together into side-long ‘suites’ for a more seamless listening experience.  It’s simply an impressive amount of work, and Gary Pullin’s cover and interiors are really striking images, and the discordant color swirls chosen for the vinyl fit the eye-catching look of the whole thing.  Even the liner notes – from director Joseph Zito – describe arriving at the score with Einhorn as something of a battle, but one well worth it.

And the music is, at moments, beautiful, and creepy, and cinematic.  The ‘suites’ segue from gentle love themes to more minimalistic work – that, to a degree, recall the synths Einhorn was more known for – and then, at their most grabbing moments, into a march-like rumble and pummeling of drums that would seem to represent the movie’s killer on the prowl.  What’s missing here, though, is something especially thematic.  The entire soundtrack elicits feelings and thoughts of scenes effectively, but the battles Zito spoke of may have been at the cost of the music having a truly unique identity.