Trust Me

Music Composed By: Mark Kilian

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the dramedy, Trust Me, Clark Gregg is Howard Halloway, former child star and now a down on his luck agent specializing in representing child actors.  When he discovers a thirteen year old acting prodigy (Saxon Sharbino), Clark believes things are starting to look up for him.  But what will he do when he discovers what goes on behind closed doors with his new young starlet?

            The musical score of Trust Me was created by South African composer Mark Kilian, whose film scoring career really took off in 1994 after his move to Los Angeles.  Known for incorporating ethnic sound into his compositions, Kilian has created scores for a number of well known films, including Tsotsi, Traitor, Rendition, Seal Team 8, Pitch Perfect, Repentance and The Ward.  He has also created musical score for television projects such as 41, Killer Women and Daybreak

            There is a dark flavor to this score...a sense of something not quite right, mixed in with a dark sense of humor.  This style is accomplished through Mark Kilian's incorporation of ethnic sound and mainstream instruments: "I assembled a collection of struck ethnic idiophones like gamelan, glass marimba, bass marimba, metal buzz balafon, hapi drum and glock and started recording moods and patterns on which I could build further. To invoke a noir attitude I used trumpet (both muted and open) and string bass and then filled in as was needed with strings and some manipulated guitar soundscape work."

            I have been listening to Mark Kilian soundtracks since I began my journey at and I have never been disappointed.  I love different sounds and techniques employed in musical scores, often used to describe emotion or drama in a film scene.  In my opinion Kilian is an expert in employing ethnic sound to express emotion and Trust Me is a perfect example of his ability to create a score that aides in telling the story without using the same old tired orchestral instruments.  It was a treat to listen to another of Mark Kililan's great soundtracks and I recommend his works to any music aficionado.


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