Oneohtrix Point Never has taken home the prestigious Soundtrack Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his visceral original score for Good Time. Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie and starring Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the hypnotic crime thriller follows Pattinson’s Connie in a twisted odyssey through the New York underworld in a desperate attempt to get his brother out of jail (watch trailer).
Oneohtrix Point Never beat the likes of Jonny Greenwood, Jed Kurzel and Ibrahim Maalouf to take home the prize. Previous winners include Cliff Martinez for The Neon Demon (2016), Lim Giong for The Assassin (2015) and Howard Shore for Map to the Stars (2014). http://cannessoundtrack.com/en/
Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and the Safdie brothers became close collaborators through a shared love of cult genre movies and music, and their level of collaboration here has a rare depth of symbiosis of picture and score. Mundane events become dramatic, montages become mini operas and Iggy Pop features on the poignant closer “The Pure And The Damned”. Good Time hits cinemas from August 11.
Press on the score:
“Good Time looks terrific, bringing a scrappy sheen to the Safdies’ native borough. But more essential to its tight clench is the knockout underscoring, an almost nonstop blitz of intoxicating electronica from Brooklyn-based experimental composer Daniel Lopatin, who records as Oneohtrix Point Never. Lopatin also collaborated with Iggy Pop on an original closing-credits song, aptly titled “The Pure and the Damned.” Throughout, the prog-rock synth sounds conjure echoes of the vintage films of William Friedkin, Michael Mann and perhaps a hint of Assault on Precinct 13 John Carpenter, and yet the sonic carpeting never feels derivative.” – Hollywood Reporter
“It’s perfectly matched with the score provided by Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin, which nods to Tangerine Dream–style VHS thriller soundtracks of yore while going someplace far more inventive and expressive than most current imitators. Lopatin’s anxious squiggles of melodies and sonic assaults give us as good a sense as any of what it feels like inside Connie’s head.” – Vulture
“La bande-son elle aussi tourne le dos aux habitudes. Composée par le musicien électro Oneohtrix Point Never sur un mode qui oscille entre la prophétie de malheur et la rêverie, elle parfait la sensation de cauchemar éveillé qui finit par envahir le film.” – Le Monde
Good Time movie reviews:
The Hollywood Reporter / David Rooney
Variety / Guy Lodge
Screen International / Tim Grierson
IndieWIRE / Eric Kohn
The Wrap / Sam Fragoso
Le Monde / Thomas Sotinel
Libération / Didier Péron
Original Song for the Film “The Pure And The Damned” Performed by Oneohtrix Point Never featuring Iggy Pop, Courtesy of Warp Records, Iggy Pop Appears Courtesy of Thousand Mile Inc.
Oneohtrix Point Never is currently collaborating with David Byrne on Byrne’s forthcoming solo album.