Composed By: Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine
Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the Russian dramatic film, Loveless, Maryana Spivak and Aleksey Rozin are Zhenya and Boris, a married couple in the midst of a nasty divorce. As Boris and Zhenya embark on new lives with new partners, seeking to move on from a marriage marked with resentment and frustration, they seem to have forgotten all about the son (Matvey Nokikov) they share…that is, until he disappears after witnessing one of their fights.
The musical score of Loveless was created by Russian composing team Evgueni and Sacha Galperine. Trained in classical music, Evgueni leaned toward composing film scores, studying symphonic composition and electro-acoustic music at the National Conservatory in Paris. Sacha’s route turned toward rock and electronic music after receiving first prize for violin performance at the Conservatory of Versailles. Together, they have contributed music to such notable projects as Split, The Hunger Games, The Family, The Past, The Invader, The Wizard of Lies, Le Baron Noir, The Whole Truth and Happy Valley.
The Loveless Soundtrack opens and closes with the sounds of children playing, perhaps centering on what should be most important to Boris and Zhenya – their son. The score is orchestral in nature and rather somber. Track 2, 11 Cycles of E, is rather interesting, with the ominous hammering of particular piano keys. Evgueni explains, “Andrey wanted us to give an absolutely free interpretation of the story based solely on his description, hoping that the music would become a missing piece of the psychological and emotional puzzle…We had to go deep into our imaginations and emotions, trying to connect with what is happening in the heads of the parents when their child disappears and their world is reduced to only one thought: find him. In the language of music, it would be one note, one chord, one rhythm – it’s how the idea of ’11 Cycles of E’ was born.” Also notable is Track 5, Snowstorm, in which the cacophony of sound represents the tension and extreme anguish of the parents at the inability to find their son.
Though the score for Loveless is ultimately depressing, one can’t help but agree that this is the proper score for the subject matter. Evgueni and Sacha Galperine have created a score that draws the listener into the emotional rollercoaster of an estranged couple desperately searching for their missing son. The sadness, the rage, the despair – all come through in this score. Perfect for background music to enhance the film and a decent, if not incredibly somber, stand alone album. Well done!