Erika M. Anderson has been using her EMA moniker to get political as of late, sampling President Obama and covering Sinead O’Connor. But she’s also been spending her time on a bit less political material as well, working on the score to the new scary movie #Horror.
Directed by Tara Subkoff and starring Chloe Sevigny and Natasha Lyonne, the film hits VOD and select theaters today. Anderson’s score, which she worked on alongside Severiano Martinez and Carson Garhart, won’t be released until December 11th, but today they’ve shared the track “Amnesia Haze”.
Despite being specifically crafted for the film, the song will feel familiar to fans of EMA’s other material, if not a touch more cinematic in scope. Synths twinkle over drawn out beats, occasionally blasting out in bursts of aural color. All the while Anderson’s airy vocals beg out in the air above the music, singing, “God, I need your haze/ And you were just a child/ A million miles away.”
“Film work and scoring is fun for me because I get to make all this music that wouldn’t necessarily fit on an EMA record,” Anderson said in a press release. “‘Amnesia Haze’ is so pop, so cinematic. I get to kind of step out of myself and play the part.”
Listen in below.
Anderson went on, saying, “We worked really closely with Tara (Subkoff) on the music. She definitely always had an opinion on what she liked and what she didn’t. It was my first score, so I’m not sure if all composers end up spending weeks in a room with the director, but that’s how we did it.
Leif (Shackelford) and I kind of ended up dividing the work, with him doing all the string parts and me writing the main themes. We were going for something modern that also recalled classic horror genre music. I love the eeriness of the vocal synth samples and I think it gives the score a very uncanny vibe that matches the themes of the film.”
Below, watch a trailer for #Horror, followed by the official synopsis.
“Inspired by actual events, the movie sees a group of 12-year-old girls face a night of #HORROR when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of a cyber bullying to a night of insanity.
Tara Subkoff explores the rarefied world of the east coast privileged through the eyes of a group of 12 year old girls left alone and pursued by a killer. The film examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring likes comes at the cost of human lives.”