New Lakeshore Records releases this week include the EA Games co-releases, Apex Legends (Stephen Barton) and Anthem (Sarah Schachner), and The Dragon Prince Season 1 and Season 2 animated series scores (Frederik Wiedmann)! And for the record collectors, the highly-anticipated score vinyl release to Altered Carbon and Legion Season 2 (both scores by Jeff Russo, hit shelves now! See listening and purchase links below.
APEX LEGENDS – [Download/Listen]
Score by Stephen Barton.
Apex Legends, the battle royale that’s made huge waves ever since release, gets a lot of things right. The gunplay is as slick as you would expect from a Respawn game and the way it changes up the formula is inspired, but let’s not overlook how the music makes you feel like you’re about to dropkick someone out of a window and then slam dunk them onto the pavement either. – Cultured Vultures
Are you one of the many who have been enjoying the Apex Legends soundtrack as you crash into the island? – Bleeding Cool
Known for his work composing for video games such as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, How to Train Your Dragon, and Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall and Titanfall 2, Stephen Barton now has another popular title under his belt. – Dual Shockers
Video game fans who have enjoyed jamming to the music as they play Apex Legends (over 25 million users strong, by last count), can now get their own official copy of the score by Composer Stephen Barton! Stephen is known for his television and video game score contributions (“12 Monkeys” TV Series, Titanfall, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare) and this exceptional new release is a must-have. The Apex Legends – Original Soundtrack EP is now available worldwide!
ANTHEM – [Download/Listen]
Score by Sarah Schachner.
A blockbuster BioWare game means a blockbuster BioWare soundtrack… a villainous new track… – Shack News
Accomplished multi-instrumentalist and modular synth artist/programmer, International Film Music Critics Award-nominated composer Sarah Schachner has developed a reputation as a bold new force in film and video game scoring for blockbuster titles such as Call Of Duty and Assassin’s Creed. Hailed as “A rising star in the soundtrack world” (Game Informer), Schachner’s widely acclaimed Baroque classical-action score infused with analog pulses for Assassin’s Creed: Unity was nominated for Best Original Video Game Score by the International Film Music Critics Association and her evocative theme “Rather Death Than Slavery” featured in HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 5 trailer.
THE DRAGON PRINCE SEASON 1 – [pre-order]
Score by Frederik Wiedmann.
Holy cow is the music featured in this clip gorgeous… This is big, rousing, emotional stuff – heavy on strings, blended with unorthodox instruments from different cultures. It all comes together beautifully. – Chris Evangelista, Slash Film
The Dragon Prince is shaping up to be the next all-ages fantasy classic – Nicole Clark, Vice
“The Dragon Prince” is an epic fantasy series by the head writer and director of Avatar: the Last Airbender, now streaming on Netflix! To celebrate the series soundtrack release, watch this exclusive video featuring music by Series Composer Frederik Wiedmann (All Hail King Julien, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles) now at Slash Film!
THE DRAGON PRINCE SEASON 1 & SEASON 2 now streaming on Netflix!
THE DRAGON PRINCE SEASON 2 – [Download/Listen]
Score by Frederik Wiedmann.
Vinyl New Releases:
ALTERED CARBON – [order vinyl]
Score by Jeff Russo.
Behold, in all its pink glory! Hello Unicorn, obviously a send-up of Hello Kitty, pops-up early in Altered Carbon when one of the characters uses a backpack featuring the cartoon character to stash a gun. Even if you’ve never seen the show (which is currently streaming on Netflix), this is neat. – Chris Evangelista, Slash Film
“Altered Carbon” is an American dystopian sci-fi cyberpunk tv series created by Laeta Kalogridis and based on the 2002 novel by English author Richard K Morgan, of the same name. The first season, 10 episodes, premiered on Netflix on February 2, 2018. It has since been renewed for a 2nd season.
The series takes place over 360 years in the future, with most episodes set in the year 2384, in a futuristic San Francisco, known as Bay City. In the future, a person’s memories and consciousness can be decanted in an alien created disk-shaped device called a cortical stack, which is implanted in the vertebrae at the back of the neck. These “stacks” can be transferred to new bodies after death, this theoretically means anyone can live forever.
“The best show in the genre I’ve seen on TV short of Westworld” forbes.com
“The future is still sexist in Netflix’s cyberpunk thriller ‘Altered Carbon’” www.dailydot.com
“An ambitious series that alternated between gripping intrigue, heart-racing action, and unbridled horniness” thrillist.com
LEGION SEASON 2 – [order vinyl]
Score by Jeff Russo.
“The soundtrack to Legion is the perfect companion for the show… packed full of atmosphere and passion to make for a thought-provoking listening experience.” Set The Tape
“the most brazenly inventive series on TV” – Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine/Vulture
Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, “Legion” is the story of “David Haller” (Dan Stevens) a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen.
Jeff Russo scored Legion Season 1 and the Star Trek: Discovery tv series, both of which were nominated for Peabody Awards. He returns for Legion Season 2, crafting a mesmerizing, emotionally intense, epic soundtrack, featuring innovative orchestral and synth music along with alternative instruments throughout.