Camp X-Ray Soundtrack by Jess Stroup (2014)
Get it: If you like cold, electronic styled soundtracks
Don’t get it: If you are looking for a more orchestral score
Lakeshore Records has released this soundtrack to the film Camp X-Ray, starring Kristen Stewart and featuring music by Jess Stroup. Jess has a history of electric styled music, and his score absolutely reflects this. Although there are uses of other, non-electronic instruments, such as a piano, it is still very electronic based. Don’t expect this electronic sound to come in the form of a nightclub techno style, but something more cinematically dramatic.
This score really emphasizes loneliness more than anything else. Not action, suspense, adventure – but loneliness. It accomplishes this in part by being a low-profile soundtrack. That isn’t to say that it goes unnoticed, but rather that it isn’t ‘loud’. It is interesting how a repeating theme is used. The titles indicate this repetition with the tracks, “Empty Hallways” 1, 2, and 3. Some tracks, such as “Dismissed,” sound a little like an electronic version of a track from Man of Steel.
This soundtrack isn’t very long, but it does it’s job efficiently. The director of the film, Peter Sattler, wanted something “cold” – and that’s exactly what Stroup delivered.
Check it out for yourself and see what you think of it:
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