Score By: Pedro Bromfman
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The crime series, Narcos, tells the life stories of the drug kingpins of the 1980s and the combined efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on. The first season of Narcos chronicles the life of Pablo Escobar (portrayed by Wagner Moura), a Colombian drug lord who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine.
The musical score of Narcos was created by Brazilian musician, arranger, producer and composer Pedro Bromfman. Moving to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for film scores, he began studying the art at UCLA. He began composing music for films in earnest in 2006. Some film scoring credits include Tropa de Elite, They Killed Sister Dorothy, March of the Living, G-Dog, Deep Web and the reboot of Robocop. A mutli-instrumentalist, Bromfman performed 90% of the instruments used in the Narcos score.
According to Bromfman, “We used a lot of South American instruments as well as guitars, harmonicas, accordion and a lot of percussion played primarily by my friend and very talented percussionist Cassio Duarte. We also had a long recording session in the beginning of the process where I played several flutes, different harmonicas, bowed guitars of all sorts, upright bass, hang, violin, etc.” Set in Colombia, the music has a distinct Spanish flare. Intrigue and danger are described through reverb and ambient sound, edited in by Bromfman and programmer Juan Carlos Enriquez. The Narcos Soundtrack also includes the main title theme song Tuyo by Brazilian artist Rodrigo Amarante.
The Narcos Soundtrack is quite an enjoyable listen, especially for anyone who enjoys guitar-led tracks with Spanish influence. The use of authentic South American instruments really sets the tone and the intensity of the music augmented with computer software adds that danger element to the score. According to Bromfman, this is his first television series with multiple episodes, basically over ten hours of storytelling that he would have to create music for. After listening to this album, I can honestly say that the composer nailed it. This is definitely an album worthy of standalone status with score that works perfectly with the visuals and drama of the series it was created for. Bravo!