Original Music by Clint Mansell
Few artists inspire the sort of immediate and emotional connections to their work like Vincent Van Gogh does. Whether you were first moved by the cosmic undulations of ‘The Starry Night’ or the vibrant elegance of his ‘Sunflowers’, you probably remember the exact moment when Van Gogh’s work came into your life. Odds are you’ve developed a few passionate opinions on the matter as well.
The filmmakers behind Loving Vincent are no doubt banking on those passions to lure audiences into theaters for their animated take on Van Gogh’ tragic life and puzzling death. Please don’t be frightened off by the word ‘animated’. Trust us when we say that Loving Vincent is not like any animated movie you’ve ever seen. The film was cobbled together from the efforts of more than 100 artists who collaborated in painting every single frame of Loving Vincent … by hand. They even worked in the artist’s own, iconic style to boot. The results are as dazzling as you might expect. And Loving Vincent is every bit the sumptuous, visual feast you’ve heard it to be.
If that weren’t enough to peak your interest, you should also know that the film features new music from Composer Clint Mansell. You’ll be happy to know that the enigmatic composer delivers another dizzying collection of songs for Loving Vincent. The 14 tracks that form Mansell’s score are inspired not only by the stunning imagery in the film, but directly by the artist’s work as well. Those tracks even take their names from many of Van Gogh’s most famous works. In the mix you’ll find maudlin, mysterious takes on Van Gogh’s ‘The Yellow House’, ‘The Painter On His Way To Work On The Road To Tarasco’ and ‘Wheatfield With Crows’ – not to mention more mystical fare like ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ and ‘The Sower And The Setting Sun’.
Through every track, you’ll hear the sort of swirling, sinister string arrangements and oblique orchestration that have become Mansell staples. You’ll also hear some of the eerie, awe-inspiring romanticism that’s come to mark much of the composer’s finest work (i.e. The Fountain, Stoker, et al). If you’re looking for a track to make you feel those kinds of feels, be sure to check out ‘Marguerite Gachet At The Piano’. Don’t worry if you find yourself marveling at Mansell’s ability to make you feel so much with such subtlety. That’s the general state of his music for Loving Vincent. And if you dare to let it, that music will carry you through the darkest nights and light drenched days of a true artistic enigma.
Loving Vincent is now playing in select theaters. While the film itself doesn’t always work, it’s sure to be one of the most visually inventive movies you’ll ever see. And yes, it really should be seen on as big a screen as possible. As for Clint Mansell’s entrancing original music? Well, it’s hitting streaming platforms today. You can stream the score in its entirety below. If you like what you hear – and you will – the album is now out courtesy of our soundtrack loving friends over at Milan Records. Just FYI – the vinyl pressing comes on opaque yellow wax. It looks like a sunflower. It sounds like heaven. And you can pick up your very own copy by clicking right here. Happy listening, all!