Mica Levi releases the first track from her Monos score

The Oscar-nominated composer has shared a new single.

Mica Levi has released the title track from her score for Alejandro Landes’ upcoming film Monos. The soundtrack is out digitally on 30 August via Invada/Lakeshore. Listen to the single via the player above.

In a new statement, the artist said, “I really like all the characters – the Jungle, the mountains and the waves. In the score, I didn’t use a lot of stuff partly I think because they didn’t have a lot of stuff. Maybe the score is a bit like the clothes – a mix of materials and sizes, old clothes new clothes, the same clothes most days.”

“I think the environmental sound carries the richness and complexity of the situation sound-wise,” she continues. “The film crew went to places no one has ever filmed or recorded sound in. Lena Esequenzis recreated these wild and expensive environments and with the director Alejandro Landes and music supervisor Bridget Samuels and eventually engineer Leandro de Loredo, we all worked to get a balance of sound and music to picture.”

On working with Levi, Landes added, “Mica connected with and understood the spirit of the film: the faces, the colours, the extremeness of the environment, the mash of costumes, the absence of a specific time, place or date. She’s classically trained but can be equally as inspired by pop or heavy metal; she can mix synthesiser-driven music with a quartet.” [sic]

“All this brings a very particular sensibility, a mixing of instruments, that made for a distinct, emotional and atemporal sound.”

Monos follows a group of young rebels watching over a prisoner. An ambush drives the characters into a jungle, where their mission and the bonds within the group become fractured.

Monos first premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January. It arrives in US cinemas on 13 September.