Stay With Me

What do you get when you cross Scottish indie rockers Mogwai with the Kronos Quartet? I’ll give you a hint: It’s languid, laidback, and darkly evocative, veiled with pathos but featuring the occasional turn-on-a-dime energetic outbursts while somehow still being restrained by its own melancholy. It’s Clint Mansell’s soundtrack for Darren Aronofsky’s latest flick, The Fountain. Sure, the film all but bombed at the box office—not enough SnorriCam-work or so-called hip-hop montages, I guess—but it’s no fault of the composer and musicians. The CD is lush and bleak, the prefect accompaniment for a dreamy journey down the rabbit hole.

—RN