It’s the combination of visual cinematography, screenwriting, on-screen chemistry, and sound that truly elevate a film. A great film score, while intuitive to the film itself, heightens our experience as an audience member. Would Albert Hitchcock’s Psycho (especially its shower scene) be as powerful without Bernard Herrmann’s iconic tracklisting? And would The Social Network have been as poignant without Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ strong, unsettling Silicon Valley sounds?
Even when you separate it from its intended film, a great soundtrack is like all great music: It has the power to transport a person and bring them on a fully sensory-filled imaginative journey, even when they’re just sitting in their bedroom with their eyes closed. We rounded up some of the best scores of the year so far. Check them out in the gallery below.