Levi contributed a spare and atmospheric score to “Monos,” director Alejandro Landes’ modern-day “Lord of the Flies” set among teenage soldiers holding an American doctor hostage in a South American jungle. – Variety
Awards season is upon us and all eyes are on the year’s most acclaimed films, including scores that eschew the conventions of tradiional film scoring. Case in point: Monos composer Mica Levi is featured in this Variety spotlight on the year’s most provocative and “offbeat” scores: “Inspired by the actors using their mouths and hands to make whistling sounds, she did her own whistling and augmented it with synths and timpani.” Read the full feature now at Variety.
In case you haven’t given the album a spin, see below to listen to Monos – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, out now on Invada Records and Lakeshore Records!
Directed by Alejandro Landes, the film is now playing in U.S. theaters and headed to UK and Ireland cinemas on October 25. The visually stunning drama, which has been described as the “Colombian ‘Lord of the Flies,'” will represent Colombia in the International Feature Film category for next year’s Academy Awards®. Keep reading to listen to the film’s score composed by Academy Award®-nominated Composer, Mica Levi!
Her sparse, typically jagged compositions for Monos expand upon the film’s central contradictions, dealing in eerie whistles and amorphous ambient clashes designed to provoke and unsettle. – Will Gottsegen, Spin
Academy Award®-nominated composer Mica Levi talks to Spin magazine about her Monos score from Alejandro Landes’ critically-acclaimed “Colombian ‘Lord of the Flies’” feature film. What does it feel like to be isolated in the jungles of Colombia? Levi explains how quickly the sounds of Monos came to her early on in the process. Get the scoop now at exclusively at Spin.
Greatly assisted by Mica Levi’s force-of-nature score, Landes seeks to take viewers on a journey that’s nearly as intense as the one he depicts – Mark Jenkins, NPR
Alejandro Landes’ critically-acclaimed Monos film expands to more theaters across the U.S. this weekend! Already praised for being one of the best movies of the year, Mica Levi’s score (also adored by critics) comes to CD format for high-quality repeated listening. We don’t need to tell soundtrack collectors that there is nothing like the experience of listening to your film score treasures with the physical product in hand, whether that is CD or vinyl. Keep reading to order and listen to the soundtrack.
She blends sparse and minimal instrumentation with sound design by Lena Esquenazi, creating tracks that fade into the subconscious, pushing the audience into an ever-heightened state of anxiety. – The Face Magazine
Mica Levi chats with The Face Magazine ahead of the Monos – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album release on vinyl. Get some insight on Levi’s approach to scoring the visually stunning Monos now at The Face Magazine. The film itself has already been hailed as one of the best movies of the yearby critics, and Monos is the official selection to represent Colombia in the International Feature Film category for next year’s Academy Awards®! Have you seen the film in theaters? Listen to the soundtrack and more below.
As a composer for film soundtracks, Levi seems to cultivate a sense of distressing tension in all her scores.