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Surviving Georgia by Brett Aplin (Review)

posted Mar 19, 2012, 9:08 PM by Kaya Savas

I got a package in the mail one day sent from Australia. As I curiously opened the package I found a CD and a heartfelt note from composer Brett Aplin who wanted to share his new score with me. What I found within the CD was an absolutely lovely score to the Australian film, Surviving Georgia. A small score rich in character and emotion. Every now and then I get to experience something I normally would not and Surviving Georgia is an example of that. What Aplin has done is really make something rather unique, flavorful and just plain wonderful.

The film is a romantic dramedy about letting go of the past and moving forward in life. Since the story is character centric you can expect the music to be as well. Aplin hits us with a theme early on and builds a small world around it.  The music can be quirky, lighthearted, subtle, fun and at times touching. The most important part that struck a chord with me is the incredibly strong voice and style of the score. I can't imagine the budget for this film was very big yet Alpin was able to craft such a graspable score with so little. As a listener you just plop right into it and the music immediately starts working over you. Alpin has this great Carl Orff/Hans Zimmer from True Romance sounding motif that gives the score its quirk, and that comes and goes between the more emotionally heavy pieces. Piano and strings play a big role in getting those subtle emotions flowing.

I felt like there was a lot of humanity in the score. Within its simplicity, small sounds and short running time it was able to make a large lasting impression on me. It's hard to explain it and with music that's usually the case. You can't really express it in writing, you just need to listen to it for yourself. You can find this lovely little score on iTunes or Amazon. So go on, go experience something new.
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