With twelve Oscar nominations to his name, film composer Thomas Newman could easily sit back and rest on his accomplishments. But the acclaimed musician and songwriter has always been eager to explore new paths, and teaming with Rick Cox, he does just that on the newly released album 35 Whirlpools Below Sound.
Newman and Cox have been longtime collaborators, and on this nineteen track album, they have put together some utterly compelling work. These soundscapes are an intriguing blend, sounding like something from a subterranean orchestra, mixed with hints of ambient and experimental music, all wrapped up in a beautiful eeriness. 35 Whirlpools Below Sound is a distinctive effort, and certainly something much different than Newman’s film works.
The album is in stores today via Cold Blue Music. Below you can hear “Venice Mule,” “Goldmine Nectarine,” “Pluton Creek,” “Stair,” and “Paper Thin.”