Call Me By Your Name

Music and Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Sony Masterworks

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on the novel of the same name by Andre Aciman, Call Me by Your Name stars Timothee Chalamet as Elio Perlman, a seventeen-year-old living in Italy with his parents.  When his father, a professor of archaeology invites a graduate student to live with his family during the summer of 1983, at first Elio is unimpressed.  Elio is an introvert, content to immerse himself in his books and music, while Oliver is the exact opposite, immersing himself in the culture and nightlife of the area.  But as Elio and Oliver begin to spend more time with one another, a new and interesting relationship emerges…a romantic one.

                The music found on the Call Me by Your Name Soundtrack was created by various artists, including John Adams, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Lorendana Berte, Bandolero, Alessio Bax, Frank Glazer, Giorgio Moroder and Joe Esposito, Andre Laplante, Sufjan Stevens and more.  The music alternates between the classical and contemporary piano sounds of Elio and the club/dance sounds representing Oliver.  Hallelujah Junction is a contemporary track for solo piano by John Adams that I think represents Elio and his feelings after meeting Oliver.  I’m a sucker for a well-played piano and this is an incredibly well-played, upbeat track.  There are a great many disco and dance songs about love of place, love of person, love endured, love lost.  They speak to the romantic relationship that the two eventually realize, but also to the carefree attitude of Oliver and the spice he adds to Elio’s life.

                The Call Me by Your Name Soundtrack contains an interesting mix of music and some terrific solo piano tracks, making this album quite enjoyable for me.  Definitely a fun listen, what with the early 80s songs and the contemporary piano pieces.  An album worth checking out!


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