Wind River

Musical Score By: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the thriller, Wind River, Jeremy Renner is Cory Lambert, a US Fish and Wildlife Service Agent with deep community ties and a haunted past.  When he stumbles across the body of a local girl in the wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation, rookie FBI Agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is sent in to investigate.  Unprepared for the ravaging Wyoming winter, she employs Lambert as a to help her survive the elements while searching for the girl’s killer.

                The musical score of Wind River was created by the scoring team of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.  Having played together in the Bad Seeds and other related projects since 1995, their career as film composers only developed in 2005 with the musical score for The Proposition.  Since then, the two have worked on a number of projects together, including the musical scores of Metamorphosis, Faust, The English Surgeon, The Girls of Phnom Penh, The Road, Days of Grace, Lawless, Far From Men, Hell or High Water and more.

                The music found on the Wind River Soundtrack is incredibly haunting, perhaps stemming from the haunting past of Cory Lambert or the unforgiving winter landscape of the Wind River Indian Reservation.  According to the composers, “The soundtrack to the beautiful Wind River was first and foremost the incessant wind or the grieving silence of the snow.  Amid those elemental forces we made a kind of ghost score where voices whisper and choirs rise up and die away and electronics throb and pulse.”  The score is mostly orchestral with some piano with string themes and haunting vocals (with the exception of Meth House, a short electric guitar track).  There is an air of something dark and dangerous going on. 

                But perhaps the most haunting moments of the Wind River Soundtrack feature the spoken poetry: “Far from your loving eyes/ In a place where winter never comes/ Far from your loving eyes/ And all among the wind I run.”  First featured in First Journey, the vocals of the poem combined with the strings will send chills up your spine every time it appears. 

                Listening to the soundtrack of Wind River made me interested in learning what the movie was about.  The score, combined with the trailer I watched, have decided me – I have to see this film.  Great job on the music created for this film by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis!  I can’t wait to see how it enhances the drama and suspense of the visuals in the film.


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