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Horns by Rob (Review)

posted Oct 17, 2014, 1:48 PM by Kaya Savas

Horns continues to showcase Daniel Radcliffe’s amazing post-Harry Potter film choices. Seriously, this guy has done the most interesting films since his 8 year stint in one of the biggest film franchises in history. So, Horns is the story of a guy who sprouts horns on his head after the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend. The score is by French musician Robin Coudert, who is also known as Rob for his stage name. Horns turns out to be a pretty enchanting fantasy score that feels like a Grimm fairytale.

The score is surprisingly lush and has a romantic quality that definitely pulls the listener into the narrative. It does a really great job at building a sonic world for this narrative. The fairytale aspect of it isn’t in full bloom, but it’s there and you can hear it. It’s nothing like Pan’s Labyrinth and doesn’t dance around the lullaby territory. Instead it crafts a story with elegance and a subtle beauty. Coudert infuses a modern sensibility through it all, it never feels full-fantasy to the point that it exists in another world. The music feels grounded in reality and carries a tragic tone through the whole narrative as well. There is a very surprisingly emotional identity to this score that you feel streaming through the entire build of the music. Everything is always kept intriguing and interesting, and makes for a very darkly toned tale worth listening to.

Horns keeps it interesting, by genuinely being interesting. Robin Coudert’s dark gothic tale of a score builds a world around you that is worth getting lost in. The emotional resonance feels omnipresent instead of building towards any peaks, which hurt the lasting resonance of it all. So the score may intrigue and seduce you, but never really rush through you. I found it to be quite engaging though, and it’s a perfect hellish fantasy tale as we lead up to Halloween.