When I enjoy a movie, I will often check out the soundtrack post-viewing. With movies scored by John Williams or James Horner, you pretty much know what you’ll be in for—epic, sweeping themes that stand the test of time. With YA book adaptations, however, it seems that the people in charge of the music often go for the “music from and inspired by” rather than a true soundtrack/score. Or they do both—as in the case of the Twilight movies—and the score goes mostly unpublicized. I don’t mind the “from and inspired by” soundtracks, mind you, as long as they work with the feel and action of a film.
The people behind the soundtrack of Beautiful Creatures went the more unusual route with an official soundtrack that is, with the exception of a few moments and a couple of songs that were in the credits, all instrumentals. I’ve been listening to it on repeat at work for the last week, and I am obsessed.
The band behind the music, Thenewno2 (led by Dhani Harrison, son of George), calls their sound “swamptronica.” And although it sounds strange, the moniker is quite appropriate. The soundtrack is a mix of orchestra and electronic, with some blues thrown in. The combination creates an atmosphere that invokes the feel of the movie—southern life mixed with the mysterious—quite well. But even if you’ve never seen the movie (and don’t plan to), the soundtrack stands well on it’s own.
I couldn't find the whole soundtrack available to embed here (you can stream it via Spotify, however; thanks Jaime!), but have a listen to the videos below, and let me know what you think.