Review: The Joker film has been one of the biggest successes of the year, and the Chernobyl TV series was not far behind. What both have in common is their soundtracks, which were written by Icelandic musician and composer Hildur Gudnadottir. Eschewing all the usual tried and tested tropes, she contours up supremely absorbing pieces from violins, synths, distant drums and builds tension in fascinating new ways. That is the case here across a series of magnificent peaks and toughs that leave you looking over your shoulder. Once again then Gudnadottir proves she is in a class of one right now when it comes to soundtracks.
Review: Edward Norton's big screen re-imagining of Jonathan Lethem's 1999 neo-noir crime novel "Motherless Brooklyn" has received plenty of rave reviews, with a number of critics singling out the soundtrack for particular praise. Released here on vinyl, it's largely the work of British composer Daniel Pemberton and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, with the completed music joining the dots between evocative 1950s jazz (to fit in with the era in which the movie is set), darkly chilling neo-classical, and - more surprisingly - the synthesizer-based cinema music of Vangelis. Also included is a specially commissioned track from Radiohead's Thom Yorke - undoubtedly a highlight - some vintage Charlie Parker and a fresh recording of Yorke's track in the style of a Miles Davis ballad.