Shane Carruth's Score for 'Upstream Color' Available to Buy & Stream
Let your mind wander... After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the second film from Primer director Shane Carruth, an abstract drug drama titled Upstream Color, will be hitting theaters and VOD in two months - this April. However, available already is the official score/soundtrack for the film, featuring music composed by Carruth himself. Our friends at SlashFilm have also discovered that there's a completely free streaming version available, as well as demo track and orders on the score's webpage, for anyone curious but wanting to hear more of it. It's a moving, symphonic and emotional score - take a listen!
We haven't talked that much about Upstream Color since it premiered at Sundance, but we have featured a number of trailers for the film also starring Shane Carruth. The soundtrack can be streamed in full below through SoundCloud. If you want the entire album, you can get it on iTunes for $11.99. The film will be out in theaters without a long wait, but this should keep anxious Carruth fans satiated in the meantime. Listen:
I saw Upstream Color at Sundance and honestly have to say I didn't enjoy it much, I found the film itself to be a messy, story-less, meandering abstract drug trip, but I admire the filmmaker and performances. And I honestly did like this score, Carruth can do some great work but I don't think this particular film is his greatest production yet. That said, it received rave reviews on SlashFilm and The Playlist and it will be a cult classic that'll have a strong following of fans. I'm sure I'll find myself listening to this score many times over.
The synopsis for Upstream Color included in the Sundance announcement states: "A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives." The cast includes Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig and Thiago Martins. The film premiered in-competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January, winning a Special Jury Award for Sound Design. Shane is self-distributing the film, with initial release plans for April 5th in theaters/VOD, expanding a week later. It'll be on Blu-ray fairly quick in May.