Soundtrack Features Original Music by Cliff Martinez
With Songs by Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx, The Chromatics, Desire, College featuring Electric Youth and Riz Ortolani featuring Katyna Ranieri
(September 16, 2016- Los Angeles, CA) Lakeshore Records, in conjunction with Invada Records, will release the five-year anniversary vinyl reissue of Drive — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on September 30, 2016. Available in stores from September 30 through the end of the year is a neon pink vinyl double LP with brand new packaging, liner notes and artwork.
We often cannot see a revolution in music coming. Such was the case five years ago, when Nicolas Winding Refin’s Drive debuted, and along with rumbling muscle cars and satin racing jacket brought the genius sounds of Cliff Martinez (THE NEON DEMON, TRAFFIC) to the forefront of the cinematic world. With Martinez’s tones, pacing and emotional resonance, the score of DRIVE started a renaissance of synth-wave that now permeates film and television.
In addition to Cliff Martinez’s score, the soundtrack album featureed Euro-synth songs by Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx (“Nightcall”), The Chromatics (“Tick of the Clock”), Desire (“Under Your Spell”), College featuring Electric Youth (“A Real Hero”), and Riz Ortolani featuring Katyna Ranieri (“Oh My Love”).
Whither it is by the master Cliff Martinez himself or admiring imitators, in the short half-decade that followed DRIVE, this synth-wave style of film music has become one of the most fundamental approaches in composition today. Countless composers and filmmakers have cited DRIVE and Cliff Martinez’s musical aesthetic as the primary influence on their work. “When I first saw a rough cut of Drive, I thought it was the perfect storm of movie-making,” said Martinez. “An inspired confluence of imaginative direction, cinematography, performances, sound editing… everything. The only thing missing was music.”
In Drive, Ryan Gosling starred as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for criminal operations by night. A loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful but vulnerable neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a young mother dragged into a dangerous criminal underworld by the return of ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac).
After a heist operation, intended to help Standard pay off protection money, spins out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman). When the gangsters reveal that they’re after more than the bag of money in his trunk—that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son—Driver is forced to shift gears and go on the offense.
“One thing that was unique for me about this project was having songs exert such a strong influence on the score,” Martinez explained. “That helped to create a unified, one-size-fits-all, style of soundtrack…the 80s electronic pop style made a lot of sense to me. I knew that Nicolas [Refn, director] was in love with that sound and I saw a way to acknowledge it with vintage synth sounds and cover most of the dramatic food groups while referencing that style.”
This blending of score and song is the perfect vehicle for Cliff Martinez. Perhaps it is because of his time in the punk scene that Cliff Martinez’s approach to scoring is nontraditional. His scores tend towards being stark and sparse, utilizing a modern tonal palette to paint the backdrop for films that are often dark, psychological stories like PUMP UP THE VOLUME (1990), THE LIMEY (2009) WONDERLAND (2003), WICKER PARK (2004), and DRIVE (2011). His second film with DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, earned Martinez a 2014 Robert Award (Danish Academy Award). Martinez has been nominated for a Grammy Award (Steven Soderbergh’s TRAFFIC), a Cesar Award (Xavier Giannoli’s A L’origine), and a Broadcast Film Critics Award (DRIVE). He earned a BAFTA for his work on the video game FAR CRY 4.
Still the drummer at heart, Martinez’s use of audio manipulations, particularly for percussive sounds, has been evolving through the years and is evident by the hammered dulcimer of KAFKA (1991), the gray-areas between sound design and score for TRAFFIC (2000), the steel drums and textures of SOLARIS (2002), what Martinez called ‘rhythmi-tizing pitched, ambient textures’ of NARC (2002), and ‘using percussion performances to trigger and shape the rhythmic and tonal characteristics of those ambient textures,’ as he described his score for 2011’s THE LINCOLN LAWYER.
Cliff Martinez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012 with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He earned the prestigious Richard Kirk Lifetime Achievement award from BMI in 2013. Martinez served as a juror for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and served on the International Feature nominating committee for 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Martinez recent works include, Robert Redford’s THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, Nicholas Jarecki’s ARBITRAGE, and Harmony Korine’s SPRING BREAKERS (co-composed with Skrillex). Martinez composes the music for the series THE KNICK, directed by Soderbergh. His 2016 releases include THE NEON DEMON, his third feature for Refn, THE FOREIGNER, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, and WAR DOGS, directed by Todd Phillips. Martinez is currently composing the music for the upcoming WOLVERINE sequel, directed by James Mangold.