Proxy (The Newton Brothers)
NOW AVAILABLE ON CD!
“Striking a Hitchcockian chord, as does the Newton Brothers’ Bernard Herrmann-like orchestral score…” (Variety)
“The music throughout is provocative and alluring; lovely in its fluid tonality – but even in its warm melodic measures it has still managed to leave a cold grip on your shoulder and in the pit of your stomach. Also, you may never look at a toy piano the same way again.” (Randall Larson’s Soundtrax)
“There’s a very classic, Herrmannesque quality to their score, a predominantly string-based endeavor with occasional piano, woodwind, and choral flourishes.” (Movie Music Mania)
“The classic feel to the score is unmistakable and I applaud that… an amazing listen for the most part…” (Soundtrack Geek)
“The Newton Brothers have put together a score that could have been in just about any Alfred Hitchcock movie. These guys really pulled off something great.” (The Banshee’s Wail)
“Perhaps The Newton Brothers have heeded the lesson of Richard Band’s Re-Animator, because Proxy smartly makes reference to and draws inspiration from Herrmann’s style without ever really aping it.” (John Cunha, Movie Music Mania)
Co-inciding with the US theatrical release of the film on 18 April 2014, Screamworks Records releases the music for Proxy, a chilling Hitchcockian thriller co-written and directed by Zack Parker. The story follows Esther Woodhouse (Alexia Rasmussen), a pregnant mother who is attacked by a hooded man in a needless fight. When she joins a support group where everyone seems kind and helpful at first, Esther soon learns that her new friends, including the eager Melanie Michaels (Alexa Havins) are not what they really seem. Nominated for a New Visions Award for Best Picture, Proxy is a stylish, well-acted chiller with a suitable Hitchcock-flavored score by The Newton Brothers.
The score for Proxy doesn’t shy away from its obvious Bernard Herrmann influences, creating what may be the best tribute to the composer’s work since Richard Band’s Re-Animator. The string-heavy underscore creates suspense from the first moment to the last, underscoring Esther’s growing distrust in the sudden new friends around her. The music celebrates the Hitchcock/Herrmann and de Palma/Donaggio collaborations without aping them, adding its own spin to the formula. Imagine what would happen if the Psycho orchestra performed the score to Vertigo and you’ll get a clear idea of what kind of music to expect.
The Newton Brothers (aka Andrew Grush and Taylor Stewart) are a duo of musicians who have been creating music together since their childhood days. On their scores, Taylor and Andy play piano, guitars, basses, clarinet, flute, accordion, sax, harmonica, percussion, various organs, kazoo, cello and wine glasses – an eclectic bunch of instruments to create unusual sounds for unusual films. Their recent credits include Dan Schechter’s Life of Crime (from the book, “The Switch” by Elmore Leonard), Mike Flanagan’s Oculus and Elizabeth Allen’s Careful What You Wish For (which was Co-scored with John and Josh Debney).
SWR14007 • PROXY (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by THE NEWTON BROTHERS
Release date (digital): April 15, 2014
Release date (CD): September 30, 2014
1 Prelude for Proxy 2:42
2 Ester’s Lullaby 1:32
3 Melanie’s House 2:48
4 Missing Someone 1:38
5 Murder 1:30
6 Falling in Love 1:15
7 The Department Store 2:35
8 Melanie’s Depression 1:43
9 Delusions of Torture 3:40
10 Group Counceling 1:43
11 Patrick Snaps 2:10
12 Hymn for Peyton 2:20
13 Asphyxiophilia 2:32
14 The Playground 1:50
15 Anika’s Anarchy 2:38
16 Stop Lying 2:50
17 End Titles 4:39