Crooked Arrows by Brian Ralston (2013)
Get it: If you are looking for a soundtrack that uses a good, classic sports style along with an ethnic Native American one
Don’t get it: If you want a score that is more soft and elegant in nature
Released by Perseverance Records and performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra, Brian Ralston’s soundtrack for the film Crooked Arrows is quite intriguing from the earliest notes. Part of it feels like it belongs in a classic sports movie, while other parts feel like genuinely classic Native American themes, mainly performed by flutist Chris Bleth. The score shows consistently good melody and note flow. There is a modern feel to the way the music was approached, but there’s also something about it that emanates an almost ‘ancient’ quality. It is not too far fetched to believe that certain parts of this soundtrack could also be used for a film about Egypt, Greece, etc., all that would need to be done is replace the Native American techniques with those of the other ethnicity.
Only one aspect of this score is orchestral, though. There is also a significant presence of modern music with electric guitars, drums, and so forth. The theme is used consistently throughout and done well. There are more shorter tracks here and less longer ones. There is something about the way it is done that is great for a sports film. It’s not all about sports though. There also seems to be reflection, motivation, character focus, and some inspiration in addition to the action. One part of it is almost like The Mentalist by Blake Neely meets James Horner’s Field of Dreams. Interesting, right? Well, it is interesting, because then another part will sound nothing like that, which is part of what makes Ralston’s style so good.
A well done soundtrack that is worth checking out. Also, there are quick references to ESPN thrown in, but you’ll have to listen to it to fully appreciate it.
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