Composed by: Frčres Lumičres
Distributed by: MovieScore Media
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In Backcountry, a Canadian horror film loosely based on a true story, Jeff Roop and Missy Peregrym star as Alex and Jenn, a couple headed out to the back country of Missiniaibi Lake Provincial Park. Alex has visited the are previously and believes himself to be an old hack at this, while Jenn is more of the city type glued to her cellphone. When the couple becomes lost, without a trail map or phone, they become alarmed, but it is the secret that Alex has been keeping that puts their lives in jeopardy.
The musical score of Backcountry was created by the team of Vince Nudo and Dan Watchorn, also known as Freres Lumieres. The multi-instrumentalists began their collaborative partnership in the Montreal rock band Priestess. Having recorded two albums and toured North America, Nudo and Watchorn decided to try creating music that was outside of their rock genre, specifically film scores. Prior to Backcountry, the duo created music for the 2010 film Running Mates.
The Backcountry Soundtrack contains a mix of country twang, industrial rock and electronica. The opening track, Writing from the Grave, features a blending of different guitar sounds, perhaps electric resonator, cigar box and maybe some lap steel. The music offers up a sense of being in the countryside, leaving the city behind. Ominous, dark undertones enter, especially during Bear Paw. The listener knows something is just not right. Electronic sounds start to invade the score and we are certain that danger is lurking. In the last track, Jen's Theme, guitars are manipulated, offering up a strange sound…as if the main character is somewhat off a bit. The music then moves into an industrial rock style, perhaps signifying the end of a harrowing affair.
While I enjoyed the first and last tracks, I found the rest of the album to be standard horror fare with the ominously dark music and strange electronic sound announcing danger and eventual disaster. For some reason, I just couldn’t get into this part of the score. That being said, fans of guitar tracks would definitely find Writing from the Grave and Jen’s Theme rather enjoyable. The rest, unless you are a fan of the film or the composing duo, I’d advise you to skip.