“As with Scott 3 and 4, Walker’s latest project effectively balances the saccharine with hovering fear, demonstrating his continued capacity for writing cinematic music invested with strange drama.” - WIRE
“A visionary of the grim and grotesque, mining history and literature to construct dark and unholy cathedrals of song.” - Uncut
“Walker has created a score that is rich in texture and highly innovative.” - Record Collector
"The sort of detailed, image-rich sounds and compositions which future producers and artists will be mining for generations to come." - Boomkat
“Almost exclusively orchestral, this soundtrack works brilliantly as a half-hour suite.” - MOJO
"An extraordinary soundtrack.” - The Times
Scott Walker’s orchestral soundtrack to The Childhood Of A Leader is released worldwide today on 4AD.
A key and compelling component to Brady Corbet’s critically lauded directorial debut, it is Walker’s first O.S.T. work since his remarkable score for Pola X in 1999.
Partly inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s short story of the same name, The Childhood Of A Leader is a tense psychological drama tracing the formative years of a young boy and set against the backdrop of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference that led to the establishment of the Treaty of Versailles.
Walker continues to work with long-term collaborators Peter Walsh (co-producer) and Mark Warman (musical director), with the latter conducting an orchestra comprised of 46 string players and 16 brass for the studio recording. Both Walsh and Warman were involved in the live film score performance of The Childhood Of A Leader, alongside a 74-strong orchestra, an event which closed the Rotterdam Film Festival in February this year.
The soundtrack is available on CD, LP and download and is available to buy now. Please note that two LP editions are being pressed – black vinyl and a limited run on transparent vinyl (CADD 3620).