Milan Records is pleased to announce that the National Geographic Original Series Soundtrack for Barkskins will be available on June 5, 2020. Barkskins examines the mysterious massacre of settlers in the vast and unforgiving wilds of 1690s New France that threatens to throw the region into all-out war. The series tells a thrilling story of exploration, adventure and ambition among dreamers and fighters — some with a utopian vision of the world, others crass and conniving, but all navigating the perils of a treacherous new frontier. As tensions escalate, unlikely alliances are forged, old antagonisms deepen and new families are formed against the seemingly endless natural riches and hidden dangers of the new American continent.
The soundtrack for Barkskins was composed by Colin Stetson, who is a highly-coveted collaborator to Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, LCD Soundsystem, The National and more. More recently, Stetson has focused on scoring a number of original soundtracks, including Color Out of Space (2019), Lavender (2016), which he co-scored with Sarah Neufeld, A24 production Hereditary (2018) and Hulu series The First (2018). He also contributed to the score for award-winning game Red Dead Redemption II (2018) and is set to score the new Adult Swim anime miniseries Uzumaki, an adaptation of Junji Ito’s renowned horror manga, which arrives in 2020.
Of the soundtrack, composer Colin Stetson says:
“The ‘sound of the forest’ was what I was first tasked with in generating the overall aesthetic and character of the score for Barkskins. Taken both literally and metaphorically, I based much of the sonic backbone on two pillars: Of an essence and feeling of wild and heavily wooded places, I combined the sounds of low bowed strings and my own voice, in unison and extreme glissando, to create an undulating melodic bed, deeply creaking and airy, as trees swaying in the wind. And literally, the actual sounds of the forest, those of red squirrels, finches, ravens, and I think a sea lion (whoops) all twisted and modified into a supporting sonic landscape within which to compose.”
BARKSKINS (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK)
1. Forest Fire
2. Company Man
3. The Tree
5. True Warrior
6. English Scum
7. Lie Down
8. The Company Way
9. Marth Burns
10. Father Clape
11. A Proposal
13. With Death Upon You
14. First And Last Meals
15. The Letter
16. Retrieving The Dead
19. Awake You Sleepy Hearts (feat. David Thewlis)
The official soundtrack for Barkskins will be available on June 5, 2020.
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