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Mike Patton’s “The Place Beyond The Pines” – Score Review


To be a true fan of Mike Patton, one has to love music, all music. The creative force behind his talent transcends all categorization of music. It is because of this genre defying attitude that his fans love him so and his productions dearly. Every time Patton presents us with his new creation, whatever it may be, one never truly knows what they are going to hear until that first note is heard. Trying to describe the sound of just one of Patton’s projects can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Patton’s roster of bands includes Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Peeping Tom, Fantomas, Lovage, Mondo Cane, Tomahawk, numerous collaborations with John Zorn, and many other bands. He also runs his own record label (Ipecac Recordings) with Greg Werckman, the former manager for the legendary punk label Alternative Tentacles.

mike patton the place beyond the pinesIn more recent years though, Patton has expanded even further to include work within the film industry. In 2005, Patton starred in director Steve Balderson’s film Firecracker. Then, in 2007, he provided vocals for the creatures in the film I Am Legend. It was in 2008 though, that Patton first ventured into film as a composer for soundtracks and scores with the short film A Perfect Place. He has since provided scores for Crank 2: High Voltage (2009), The Solitude of Prime Numbers (2010) and now the upcoming film The Place Beyond The Pines (2013).

The Place Beyond The Pines is the new film from the director of Blue Valentine, Derek Cianfrance. Cianfrance’s career has been somewhat eclectic, moving from documentaries on hip hop moguls RUN DMC, Sean Combs and more, to feature films. So it seems only fitting that he would choose Mike Patton to score one of his films. Cianfrance has been a longtime fan of Patton and used to cut his student films to songs from Mr. Bungle.

“The Snow Angel” by Mike Patton from the soundtrack to “The Place Beyond the Pines”

The score for The Place Beyond The Pines is a provoking, pensive, seductive, and haunting piece of music. Without seeing the accompanying film, one cannot truly know the feeling the music is meant to evoke, but even as a standalone piece, a strong emotional impact can be felt towards the music. Patton has contributed 12 instrumental tracks to the score, but this is meant to be a journey and it is better experienced as a whole. Seriously, push play, close your eyes and just listen to “The Snow Angel” by Mike Patton and try to say you don’t want to hear everything else that goes with it. As was mentioned before, it is haunting and seductive and in the short 1 minute 45 second run-time of this track, you are pulled into the raw emotion of the music. In addition to Patton’s contribution, the album also features 5 additional pieces by The Cryin’ Shames, Valdimir Ivanoff, Arvo Part, Ennio Morricone, and Bon Iver.

Milan Records released the album via download on March 26th. The physical CD will be available on April 9th and a 180 gram 1500 unit limited vinyl edition will be available on May 7th. Focus Features opened the film in exclusive engagements in New York and L.A. on March 29th. The film will be in other select cities on April 5th and then nationwide on April 12th.

For more information on the score and the film, please visit the official website at http://focusfeatures.com/the_place_beyond_the_pines or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ThePlaceBeyondThePinesMovie

Written By Tim Lawler

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