Devs Review: Critics Praise The Series Score By Ben Salisbury, The Insects & Geoff Barrow

Devs (Original Series Soundtrack) - Ben Salisbury, The Insects & Geoff Barrow | Invada Records & Lakeshore Records

“Composers Ben Salisbury, Geoff Barrow, and their collaborative group The Insects constantly defy expectation. Beautiful riffs are routinely interlaced with experimental electronics and white noise before plunging into deafening silence.” – Decider

And if [Alison] Pill won’t haunt your dreams, the series’ rumbling score — crafted in collaboration among Ben Salisbury, The Insects, and Geoff Barrow — certainly will. ” – Rolling Stone

It just seems fans can’t get enough of Devs, Alex Garland’s sci-fi Limited Series on Fx on Hulu, and neither can the critics.  If you haven’t watched the show and if you’re a fan of Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury’s previous collaboration with Garland on Annihilation, then expect more of the soundtrack magic.  See what critics far and wide are saying about Ben Salisbury, The Insects and Geoff Barrow’s score!

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“Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury, who wrote the relentlessly unsettling music for “Annihilation,” are back with another woozy score for this show.” – USA Today

“Thanks to the menacing and frequently terrifying score from Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and composer Ben Salisbury, there’s a foreboding thrum under every shot of the workplace.” – Vice

“the atmosphere feeds the narrative and vice versa (which can become frighteningly evident with every sharp note from The Insects, Ben Salisbury, and Geoff Barrow’s alarming score).” – IndieWire

“Garland brings his usual suspects (director of photography Rob Hardy, production designer Mark Digby, visual effects supervisor Andrew Whitehurst, composers Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury) to the table, and the world hums with Garland’s unique sense of futuristic foreboding.” – Consequence of Sound

“Instead of packing each episode with popular music and indie bands, most of the music for the show is composed specifically for each episode by composers Ben Salisbury, Geoff Barrow, and their collaborators, a group called The Insects.” – Pop Sugar

“Barrow and Salisbury’s vibrant, occasionally nauseating music is as important to Garland’s brand as John Williams is to Star Wars, blasting us with a score that ranges from jazzy flourishes to choral hymns to ominous orchestral thrums. Combine that with dreamlike visuals and a giant statue of a toddler, and the show is as stylish as you’d hope.” – DailyDot

“Music composers Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow (The Insects) regularly shatter the calm with their score. Garland hasn’t overlooked a thing in constructing the setting of his techno thriller.“ – AV Club

“the show’s soundtrack is a monster in its own right. Geoff Barrow, who did the music on Garland’s previous projects, is back again, this time teaming with The Insects, a composing duo, and Ben Salisbury to create the show’s music. Thus far, it has a similar vibe to “Annihilation,” with metallic, squirmy sounds that are seemingly beamed in from another dimension.” – Your Observer

“The cerebral series maintains an eerie, unsettling tone, thanks to washed out color palettes, subdued costumes, and a haunting score from Ben Salisbury, The Insects, and Geoff Barrow.” – The Mary Sue

“Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, who also worked on Ex Machina and Annihilation, pair up with the jazz group The Insects for an extremely unsettling, consistently aggressive score. The horns feel like an attack, and the use of rhythmic chanting and synths throughout takes the score to a place that, like the rest of the show, flirts with religious ritual.” –  Pajiba

“An earth-shattering score from Annihilation composers Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow that feels almost religious in places, takes the very feeling of the series into something resembling ethereality.” – Redbrick

“The majority of what you hear in the show is the ominous score of Ben Salisbury and Geoff Burrow, who’ve previously worked with Garland on his excellent films Ex Machina and Annihilation.” – Men’s Health

“Garland’s films have also become reliable showcases for one of the most dynamic film music duos working today, Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, and Devs is no exception. Salisbury and Barrow know how to play the quiet moments with simple, dreamy, melancholic melodies, usually conjured forth with acoustic instrumentation. But, on the other side of the spectrum, as far apart as galaxies, they can concoct the helter-skelter synthetic cacophonies of sci-fi horror. The score to Devs revs up like a chorus of souls being whipped around and lacerated by the swirling winds of Dante’s second circle of Hell, as EDM bass bombs pound in slow, stomping rhythmic eruptions. Devs is as worthwhile to hear as it is to see.” – Santa Barbara Independent

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