Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2017 June 05 • Monday

The 468th Soundtrack of the Week is Basil Poledouris's score for a post-apocalyptic sci-fi/action movie that takes place in the futuristic world of, uh, 2017. Hmmm. The film in question is called Cherry 2000.

The overall feel of the music is soaring, flying above. Perhaps this explains why the music for a hot air balloon video game called Rogue Sky sounds so very, very similar to this music....

The main title theme is heard many timed throughout, on flute and strings, and is a lovely composition, sustaining tones and shifting harmonies, including some subtle dissonances in places.

And Poledouris uses the harp wonderfully in many of the cues.

Another recurring theme involves the brass and might remind you of some of Morricone's heroic music, such as the cues from the climax of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

"Photo Grab" is where you're most likely to be thinking of the music from Rogue Sky, though you'll hear this motif again also.

There's what sounds like a love theme in "Jake's Jukebox" and some other cues that reminded me of James Horner, especially his Star Trek music.

It's a great score, orchestral with a side of synth, lyrical and lofty, one of my favorites from this composer.