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Composer Rollo Raphael unearths music from the world of film and video.

One of the most thrilling TV shows in recent years is undoubtedly HBO’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects. Currently available to binge watch on Now TV, the slow burn, small town American drama uses cryptic clues throughout the characters’ environments to leave the viewer constantly second guessing the route to the town’s much maligned serial killer.

With no original score, the show elects to use diegetic music played by the characters themselves, whether it’s the protagonist Camille (Amy Adams) plugging in her iPod while driving drunk into the night, or her mother’s audiophile husband Alan (Henry Czerny), who attempts to escape the dark reality around him through his library of vinyl records and expensive sound system.

Music supervisor Sue Jacobs licensed over 150 tracks for the series. Often embedding lyrical references, the killer soundtrack is yet another layer of subtext for the viewer to unravel… And be sure to watch to the end credits…

Soundtrack highlights come from artists such as Sylvan Esso, LCD Soundsystem, Led Zeppelin and The Acid. Take a listen Ghost from The Acid…

Sharp Objects is available to stream on Now TV.

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