It was a year ago that the first chills from “The Witch” were felt. Robert Eggers‘ film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival,where it became the talk of Park City, presenting a wholly unique horror built on a foreboding atmosphere. The movie is a welcome reprieve from the jump scares that populate most scary flicks these days, and one of the elements that enhances its haunting feeling is the score composed by Mark Korven.
Performed by Korven along with Katherine Hill, Ben Grossman and The Element Choir, the music is both operatic and sinister, with layered voices and off-kilter tones conjuring the colonial era in which the film takes place. And the exclusive track below, “Caleb’s Seduction,” is a nice preview not just of Korven’s work, but of the terror Eggers summons with this film.
“The Witch” soundtrack will be released digitally on February 19th (the same day the film opens), on CD on March 4th, and on vinyl in May. Listen below.