Possibly the most cinematic show on television at the moment is the gripping, sadistic, somewhat stately and immeasurably dark psychological drama Hannibal. It’s not just the creepy precision of Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (from the Pusher films) as refined serial killer Hannibal Lecter, or the all-encompassing visual genius of producer Bryan Fuller, but also the remarkable breadth of the score, which really takes this series to some truly dark places.
The scraping metal, the droning strings, the tinges of bleak electronics and explosions in grandeur that are alternatively elegantly creepy and searingly visceral, come from Brian Reitzell, the former drummer of Redd Kross, who’s toured with Air and scored The Bling Ring, 30 Days Of Night and Friday Night Lights. Both elegant and abrasive, Hannibal is a score that highlights the classical sadism, the dual streams of both the character Hannibal himself and the series as a whole, which operates as a cannibalism cooking show garnished with a surreal, psychological thriller. The score for Seasons 1 and 2 has just been released on iTunes via Lakeshore Records, with CDs to come in September.
Last month Reitzell released his debut solo album on Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound . Auto Music began as experiments in sound creation for film work, though quickly grew into expansive electro psychedelic suites involving guests such as Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) and Jim James (My Morning Jacket). If that’s not enough, Reitzell’s video game score for Watch Dogs has just been released on Invada, Geoff Barrow’s (Portishead) label, and exhibits Carpenter-esque synth pulses and typically cross-genre explorations. Whew. Busy guy.