“Alexis Grapsas and Philip Klein’s sparse, folk-infused score aids the innate mournfulness of Sarnoski’s camera: even in its occasional lighter moments, Pig is suffused with the smoky air of tragedy.” – Consequence
Lakeshore Records has released Alexis Grapsas and Philip Klein’s score to New York Times Critic’s Pick film Pig! A Top 10 film, the affecting 13-track album is available now globally on all major music services! View the album tracklist, purchase links, and more below.
The score reflects the mood of the lead character played by Nicolas Cage with the simple folk-like colors of the raw baritone violin and acoustic guitars creating a richly mournful tone while more modern, aggressive electric guitars, distorted colors and drums provide a strikingly ominous, propulsive backdrop to his more intense moments.
Listen to “Hunting” which previously premiered at Dread Central:
The NEON film, written and directed by Michael Sarnoski is now playing in theaters.
“Just as the flavor profile of the plot begins to show its layers, so does the shape-shifting score by Alexis Grapsas and Philip Klein. Early on the music rings of mystery and anticipation, and as “Pig” transitions into more humanistic drama, the melody follows suits turning tender, even soothing.” – The Wrap
“A fittingly low-key score courtesy of Alexis Grapsas and Philip Klein” – Variety
“Praise is also due to Alexis Grapsas and Philip Klein’s score, which is filled with tenebrous strings and melancholic guitars that endow the movie with an understated neo-Western undercurrent.” – Film School Rejects
An incredibly moving musical score – Film Inquiry
“Alexis Grapsas and Philip Klein’s melancholic score, blanketing the proceedings in low moods” – AZ Big Media
Soundtrack Available Now: [Download/Listen]
02. Out Of The Woods
04. Bottom Of The Ocean
05. Salted Baguette
06. Take Me To The City
07. The Trees Tell You Where To Look
08. Tell Him Who You Are
09. Things To Really Care About
10. Hotel Portland
11. Wasted Space
13. See You Thursday
Notes from the composers: “The score was born after lots of trial and error and experimentation under the guidance and vision of the filmmakers, where we tried very original acoustic and electric sounds. In the process of creating an environment that would capture the lead character’s emotional world, we landed on a very unique raw and gritty sound that remains true to the story while being self-aware.”
A truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.
Cage is superb here, giving Rob a subdued implacability and a voice that initially croaks from disuse and later swells with quiet conviction. – New York Times
ABOUT ALEXIS GRAPSAS
Alexis Grapsas is a Los Angeles-based composer whose music can be heard in a variety of studio and independent films, as well as top-rated television productions. Originally from Lefkada, Greece he started playing piano and violin at the age of 4, studied harmony and composition at the age of 7, and grew up in a classical conservatory where he would spend hours practicing after school. After spending his early adult life in Athens, Greece attending college for composition but also mechanical engineering, his love and passion for music and cinema prevailed and earned him a scholarship to study film scoring in Boston, MA where his US journey began.
Alexis has been living in Los Angeles since 2008 pursuing a career as a film composer and has worked on more than 40 films and 300 episodes of television. With a background that combines classical music training, advanced composition studies, and deep knowledge of music production, he uses a variety of scoring approaches that involve orchestra recording, unique instrument treatment, electronic sounds and music programming. He is equally comfortable around an orchestra or an indie band, and has scored and produced hundreds of sessions in every major scoring stage in LA.
He is a Sundance Institute Alumni, Film Independent Fellow, and is currently based out of his studio on the Warner Bros Studio Lot. He has collaborated with many talented directors, studio producers, and industry colleagues who trust his creative input and deep understanding of contemporary filmmaking.
Latest credits include:
Pig | Neon Films
Monday | IFC Films (Toronto Film Festival, Tribeca)
Big Shot | Season 1 (10 episodes) | Disney+
Trigonometry | mini-series | HBO Max, BBC (Berlin Film Festival)
ABOUT PHILIP KLEIN
Philip Klein’s music has been heard in film and television projects for Sony, Disney, Pixar, Lionsgate, ABC and CBS. Recent projects include Sony Animation’s “Wish Dragon”, “The Last Full Measure” and Neon’s “Pig”. He also penned 18 new orchestral arrangements for Aerosmith’s Las Vegas residency, “Deuces Are Wild.” As an additional writer, Philip has collaborated with some of the finest composers working in film and TV, including Harry Gregson-Williams, Carter Burwell, Alex Heffes and Fil Eisler. He is also in demand as an orchestrator, having had the honor of working with James Newton Howard, Alexandre Desplat, Ludwig Göransson, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Steve Jablonsky, David Buckley, Stewart Copeland and several other amazing artists. Recent orchestration credits include the Oscar winning “Joker”, Oscar nominated “News of the World” and Disney’s “The Mandalorian”.
Philip studied trumpet performance and composition at Northwestern University. In 2011 he was selected as one of six fellows for the Sundance Institute’s Film Composing Lab. Philip is infinitely indebted to his mentors: Harry Gregson-Williams, Alan Silvestri, Penka Kouneva and Peter Golub. He maintains a studio in Altadena and is represented by Andrew Zack at the Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency.
In just four years, NEON has garnered 12 Academy Award® nominations, 5 wins, including Best Picture, and has grossed over $150M at the box office. The company continues to push boundaries and take creative risks on bold cinema such as Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, which made history winning four Academy Awards®, becoming the first non-English-language film to claim Best Picture. The film, which also unanimously won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, has amassed over $53M at the domestic box office and broke multiple records including highest per screen average of the year and highest per screen average for a foreign language film of all time.
NEON has amassed a library of over 50 films with noteworthy releases including: Max Barbakow’s sought after Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg, which NEON acquired with Hulu; Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s award-winning and record-breaking Honeyland, the first non-fiction feature to land Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary and Best International Feature Film in the same year; Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11, 2019’s highest grossing documentary with a worldwide gross of $16M; Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling which surpassed $13M at the box office; and Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, which garnered multiple Academy Award® nominations, one win for Allison Janney and amassed over $30M in domestic box office.
NEON has several projects in various stages of development and production, including Pablo Larraín’s Spencer starring Kristen Stewart; The Painter and the Thief narrative remake; and Duke Johnson’s The Actor starring Ryan Gosling. The company continues to be an impressive force, with recent acquisitions such as: Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman; Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, executive produced by Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; Jamila Wignot’s Ailey; Venice’s Grand Jury Prize Winner Michel Franco’s New Order; Pig, starring Nicolas Cage; Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria with Tilda Swinton; and Robert Machoian’s powerful thriller The Killing of Two Lovers. Recent releases include: Ben Wheatley’s Horror Film In The Earth, which was the first film to begin production during the coronavirus pandemic in the UK; Gunda directed by Victor Kossakovsky and executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix; R.J. Cutler’s Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry; Night of the Kings, Philippe Lacôte’s Ivory Coast Oscar Submission; Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades!, Russia’s Academy Award Submission; Apollo 11: Quarantine, the new short film from director/producer Todd Douglas Miller; Francis Lee’s romantic drama Ammonite starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan; Alex’s Gibney’s documentary Totally Under Control; Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor; Justin Simien’s Bad Hair; Amy Seimetz’s SXSW critical sensation She Dies Tomorrow; Josephine Decker’s Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss; Matt Wolf’s highly acclaimed Sundance documentary Spaceship Earth; The Painter and the Thief directed by Benjamin Ree; and the critically acclaimed Cannes hit Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes® and Independent Spirit Awards.
After their successful collaboration on I, Tonya in January 2018, 30WEST (Dan Friedkin’s and Micah Green’s strategic venture) partnered with NEON’s Tom Quinn (Founder & CEO) and Tim League (Co-Founder) to become majority investors in the company.