Composed by: Bruno Coulais
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Babies is a non-fiction film by Thomas Balmès based on an original idea by producer Alain Chabat in which the lives of four babies from different parts of the world are followed from birth until their first steps. The film explores the earliest stages of humanity and reminding us that although each journey is unique, they are universal to us all.
The soundtrack of Babies was created by Bruno Coulais, a French composer known for his innovative style in creating film scores. Scoring credits include such films as Les Choiristes, Coraline, Villa Amalia and Winged Migration. Also featured on this album is The Perpetual Self by Sufjan Stevens, a song featured in the trailers for the film.
In creating the Babies Soundtrack, Bruno Coulais decided to blend musical instruments such as woodwinds, strings, piano, ethnic instruments and percussion with the sounds of what you might hear a baby playing with - toys of the musical variety and rattles. Added into this rather unique musical creation are the vocals by French artists Rosemary Standley. Creating an even more unique sound, the lyrics of each song do not actually have any meaning. Each track features a meaningless string of words to symbolize the way babies first learn human speech.
I found the Babies Soundtrack to be a mix of unique musical styling and playfulness. The fact that the film is supposed to be a joyful expression of the first stages of babyhood is perfectly represented in this soundtrack. The musical score expresses the wonderment and inquisitive nature of babies as they begin to realize and interact with their environment. If you can truly enjoy the artistry and ignore the frustration born of not understanding the lyrics, this soundtrack will make an excellent and most unique addition to anyone’s music collection.