Musical Score By: Lyle Workman
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the Netflix original series, Love, follows a nice guy named Gus (Paul Rust) who gets together with a woman who is the exact opposite in wild-child Mickey (Gillian Jacobs). Together they navigate the ups and downs of relationships, intimacy, commitment, love and other things they had been hoping to avoid. Created, written and executive produced by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin, Love is touted as an unflinching and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships.
The musical score of Love was created by American musician and composer Lyle Workman. Beginning with the guitar at the age of eight, Workman taught himself songs from artists like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Who. By 1996, Workman had moved to Los Angeles and become a touring musician, working with such notables as Beck, Sting, Ziggy Marley, Alanis Morissette, Michael Buble, Sarah McLachlan and more. Beginning with his premier scoring opportunity, Made, Lyle Workman has created a number of musical scores for film, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Yes Man, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Win Win.
According to the composer, “At the beginning, Judd left me to my own musical impulses, which initially led me along a modern electronic direction. Other than yielding the main title theme, the sound of the show on the whole was still to be discovered. I had to find a sonic template that would be dynamic and versatile enough to service a broader emotional range. Ultimately, what felt well married to the characters and their environment was a hybrid of early Chicano rock and traditional Mexican folk styles, such as Son Jarocho. I composed using the stringed instruments jarana and requinto, and by adding Latin percussion, accordion, harp, and horns, the blend had a nice effect, also helping root the series to the backdrop of Los Angeles in which it's set.”
The Love Soundtrack is mainly electric guitars, bass and percussion, with a smattering here and there of flutes or brass. A great deal of the soundtrack has a psychedelic 60s/70s rock flare with a Latino vibe. Softer tracks have a dreamy synth quality to them. The Love Soundtrack is quite the interesting listen – definitely not some boring romantic track. No, this is something more – exciting and a bit daring. Though not what I was expecting, I have to say that this edgy score is upbeat and modern and I loved listening to each and every track.