Soundtrack News: Heather McIntosh’s Soundtrack for The Quarry (2020) is Out Now

Milan Records recently released the original motion picture soundtrack for The Quarry, with the soundtrack composed by Heather McIntosh (Z for Zachariah, The Art of Self-Defense). Heather McIntosh started her musical career playing with the bands of The Elephant 6 Collective, Gnarls Barkley, and Lil Wayne. Following her touring days, she has been regularly composing music for film and television since 2011. In addition to being a frequent collaborator on Duplass Brothers productions, Heather was one of four women eligible for the Academy Awards’ Best Original Score in 2013 for Craig Zobel’s Compliance, and again in 2015 with Craig’s film, Z for Zachariah, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

From the novel by Damon Galgut comes this searing thriller, a tale of sin and redemption set in the wilds of Texas. After murdering a traveling preacher, a fugitive drifter (Shea Whigham, Joker) travels to a small town and poses as the man he killed. Though the congregation loves the drifter’s sermons of forgiveness, the local police chief (Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon, The Shape of Water) is suspicious of the man. Soon a gruesome discovery at a local quarry forces the killer to fight for his freedom.

Of the soundtrack, composer Heather McIntosh had this to say:

 “I tapped into a new lyricism in my writing with the score to The Quarry. It was first unlocked in the ‘Purple Flowers’ theme and then it unfolded in variations throughout the rest of the score. The open landscape of this film gave me room to stretch out the melodic line over shimmering textures of flutes, percussion and guitars in a way that felt fresh and strangely familiar. The cello has always been a vital part of my writing process, but it has been a minute since I just picked up the cello and let it speak.” 

The Quarry director Scott Teems adds:

“The Quarry is my second collaboration with Heather McIntosh, and her work continues to thrill and inspire me. With this film, I believed she’s pushed through to exciting new musical territory, building off her cello base to create a rich and haunting soundscape for a town full of lost and wounded souls. Yet as it reaches into the darkness, the score never loses its poetry, its evocative themes or its striking unity. This is powerful music that tells a story, and I’m humbled that it’s a part of my film.”

1. The Man – Ryan Bingham

2. Theme from The Quarry

3. Samaritan

4. The Drive

5. Who Knows?

6. I’ll Have to Tell Them

7. A New Life

8. Sign Your Name

9. Purple Flowers

10. Timothy

11. Why Are You Here?

12. Photograph

13. Ten Thousand Charms

14. Muchas Flores Moradas

15. A Small Revelation

16. Why Don’t You Ask The Reverend?

17. Life and Death in Texas

18. Their Deeds Follow Them

19. His Bandage

20. Guilt’s a Heavy Burden

21. No Man of God

22. State Your Name

23. Downriver

24. Forgive Me

25. A New Start

26. A Small Revelation (Reprise)

The soundtrack for The Quarry is available now from Milan Records.

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