In The Tapedeck: Bates Motel
In The Tapedeck is a look at soundtracks for people on the go, with brevity and straight to the point favoured over things like paragraphs... By Moxie McMurder
Title: Bates Motel
Composer: Chris Bacon
The Show: Norman Bates: Episode I. I enjoyed the series (despite some anger over a totally unnecessary rape scene in the first episode) and considering the original source material I was skeptical, but the writers have done a good job.
The Score: The music is quite beautiful. You can definitely hear (Bernard) Herrmann's influence with the typical high strings, and even Angelo Badalamenti, with a little bit of Twin Peaks in the piano, but Bacon's score is much more laid back and softer than Herrmann's. As opposed to the music in Psycho being a character, it's much more understated here and bulds the tension well.
Distinguishing Features: The range. There is a lot of danger here, but also love, confusion, tension, and uncertainty, and Bates pulls it off with aplomb.
Final Thoughts: Bring on season two!
Bates Motel is out now from Varese Sarabande