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TOYDRUM // SCORE DEEP WATER (ITV/KUDOS/SILVERSCREEN)

A bleak thriller/drama miniseries from ITV in the United Kingdom, Deep Water follows three families as they deal with the sudden disappearance of the daughter of one of the trio and the aftermath which reveals all the secrets kept by each household. Very much in the same mold as stories such as Desperate Housewives, Pretty Little Liars or Gone Girl, Deep Water has been met with mixed reactions with critics largely panning the melodrama, and at this point, cliched plot and character arcs.


Musically, the series received a highly contemporary yet experimental score from Brighton based duo Pablo Clements and James Griffith, aka ToyDrum. Largely working on low budget films and television series, Clements and Griffith give Deep Water an appropriately bleak yet hypnotic soundscape that owes more than a passing nod to the work of Radiohead member Thom Yorke on 2018's Suspiria. Comprised mostly of keyboards, guitar, percussion and chamber strings, Clements and Griffith add the eerie textures of their own voices to an assortment of cues ("Dark Water", "Lakeside Drive", "Nothing's As It Seems") which adds a nice ethereal layer to the work as a whole. Some of the harsher electronic tones likewise seem to have their eyes set on the works of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, though handled in a manner closer to Gone Girl than Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.


Despite what one might think, a handful of thematic ideas run throughout the score, though the majority of the work is focused on creating a hazy atmosphere of dreamlike unease. Ultimately Deep Water is a score that will not endear itself to all tastes, but for those that enjoy the more experimental and contemporary sounds of Yorke or Reznor/Ross and would like to hear that general approach handled quite well, then this miniseries album comes strongly recommended.

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