WILT: "Watership Down OST" by Federico Jusid

January 16, 2019

I am an obsessive person. Some things just call to me and I latch onto them in a way that can definitely cause me to lose my objectivity. For example, I love the Lord of the Rings. A lot. I have seen the movies more times than I can count, and it took me about a decade to admit that Return of the King is not a good movie. I love it, I will love it forever, but... it's bad. The editing is bad, the CGI is too much, the pacing is brutal. It's one of my favourite movies of all time and always will be. Shut up.

Anyways, when I was a kid I stumbled on a cartoon show called Watership Down. Unbeknownst to me it was of course based on the literary classic by Richard Adams, and I found myself strangely drawn to these somber and conscientious rabbits... It became one of my favourite shows, and one day my mom happened upon me watching it. As I remember it she was ready to tease me for watching what she assumed at first glance was a show for very young children, since her expression went from smug to astonished in a breath. She excitedly filled in the gaps on my comprehension of what I had found, and of course the book and movie followed soon after.

 

The new Netflix/BBC miniseries is objectively... not perfect. It has a lot of sloppy editing moments, and some of the more horrifying aspects of book have been taken out, which in this case does kind of rob the piece of its purpose, but I feel in my heart that it got a lot of parts right. I feel that they made up for the censored violence with some heavy artistic choices... one of which being the music. This is my introduction to Federico Jusid and I am so excited to get deep into his catalogue... This score is dark, and sweeping, and gorgeous, and moody, and fucking intense. There is a moment in the third episode that absolutely destroyed me and the way the music was used was a big part of it. 

 

Here is another piece I like a lot.  Baiiiiiii.

 

 

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