White Boy Rick
StudioRichter/Deutsche Grammophon present Max Richter’s Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Oscar-tipped movie ‘White Boy Rick’, which once again demonstrates why he leads the field.
Directed by Yann Demange and starring Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Jason Leigh, ‘White Boy Rick’ is set in 1980s Detroit amidst the crack epidemic and war on drugs. It’s based on the true story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI and later a drug dealer.
Ambience, electronica, drone, soundtrack music, classical and even post rock motifs are combined in this dynamic and transcendent work, which although exploring new ground is unmistakably Richter; set apart from his influences and peers, and streets ahead of the imitators. Machine-made sounds growl, pulse, swell and subside. Sometimes they float and at others propel, whilst strange sensory-bending tonal resonances further immerse.
Where traditional/orchestral instruments do feature, they’re mostly blended in a perfect mix, only occasionally taking centre stage. This is perhaps the most seamless and natural fusion of organic and electric sources ever, with each track sounding like a fully-hybridised, biomechanical organism. Capturing the murky urban menace of a criminal underbelly, at points these soundscape compositions creep up, get under your skin and enter your nervous system, giving an edge-of-seat experience, even without moving image accompaniment.