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Evidence by Atli Örvarsson (Review)

posted Sep 12, 2013, 4:20 PM by Kaya Savas

Evidence is a tiny movie that most likely went under your radar. The story of a detective hunting down a killer using video evidence shot by the victims is a purely conceptual movie. However, it does leave a lot of room for a stylistic approach. It was directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi who directed The Fourth Kind. Atli re-teams with Osunsanmi for what turned out to be an incredibly impressive electronic score. When people hear the term “electronic score" it usually evokes the idea of something techno or something ambient. What makes Evidence stand out is that Atli Örvarsson crafted a very meticulous score full of melodies, rhythms, textures, and executed it perfectly.

Atli Örvarsson’s scores all have this lively pulse running through them. It’s become the way I can identify one of his scores from a mile away, and this score is no different. While this is a low-key score, there is a pulsating energy that keeps the adrenaline flowing. Örvarsson knows when to speed up tempo or slow it down to craft the effect that he is going for. The greatest part of Evidence are all the tiny textures in the music. You’d be doing yourself a favor by listening to this score with headphones as you can better pick out the ticks, scratches, warbles and blaring synths. While the score is digital it still has an analog feel to it. It reminds me of whirring VHS tapes, radio walkie-talkies, white noise, static and more. The approach is sort of similar to what Atli did for The Fourth Kind, which is a score I thoroughly enjoyed. This is indeed a stronger effort as it gives us more layers, and it doesn’t feel like a stereotypical thriller score. At times it even feels like sci-fi, and the fact that the score stands on its own is a real testament to it. Mostly scores to these types of movies just fade into the background, but with such a richly textural soundscape this score makes a mark.

Evidence crafts all the right moods and feelings. It was a very engaging listen and is a score that will exceed your expectations given the nature of the film. Atli has done a remarkable job at building textures and structure for an engaging listen. His signature pulsating rhythms give the score energy and intensity, and it really moves the narrative forward. The score is available digitally, but also via CD on demand through Amazon. It's a more obscure title, but I highly suggest a listen.