El Àrbol Sin Sombra

Composed by: Marc Timon Barceló

Distributed by: Screamworks Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the horror film El Arbol Sin Sombra (The Shadowless Tree), two young women, Ingrid (Mima Riera) and Tina (Paloma Alma), find themselves heading down different paths in life.  Before Ingrid leaves for college, the two decide to go camping one last time with a group of friends.  Unfortunately, they are set upon by another group they meet in the woods…one that quickly shows the girls that the link they once cherished is actually weaker than they thought.

                The musical score of El Àrbol Sin Sombra was created by Spanish composer Marc Timon Barcelo.  Graduating in journalism before tackling a degree in composition, Marc Timon Barceló has had quite a diverse career, premiering a piano concerto, composing songs for adults and children as well as orchestra and creating musical scores for such projects as Habanera, Witches, The Little Wizard and ColiseumEl Àrbol Sin Sombra represents the composer’s first horror score.

                The soundtrack of El Àrbol Sin Sombra is orchestral, beginning softly with a beautiful, yet sad, theme meant to represent the relationship between Ingrid and Tina.  According to the composer, “The score is based on a main theme which gives life to the rest of the music in just a few notes: a single piano melody with strings contains the mystery, the loneliness and the fear in the story.”  As the confrontation with the other group becomes more volatile, the music changes, becoming dark and ominous.  The strings in Calm Lake that express the beauty of the area become screechy.  There is a distinct rattling sound.  Trumpets and horns announce extreme danger, while fast-paced music represents members of their group attempting to outrun evil.

                The final song of the album, Cold, is representative of the discovery regarding the relationship between the two young women.  The singer describes a cold that doesn’t take place in the winter.  This is a cold present in the heart that one can’t seem to get past no matter how they try to warm it.

                For a first horror score, Marc Timon Barceló has done an excellent job with his composition for El Àrbol Sin Sombra.  The horror here is not just the dramatic and painful events that transpire amongst Ingrid and Tina’s friends.  The real horror is what they realize about each other.  This emotional drama is perfectly expressed by the composer and presents a haunting accompaniment to this film.  Excellent job!


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