A couple of months back I put together a blog recommending some soundtracks I listen to when writing, and highlighted some some of my favourite tracks from those albums. A self indulgent exercise, I know.
Here are some more suggestions below, and not solely confined to soundtracks this time. I hope you find something you like.
I’ve also added them all to a playlist on Spotify, which you can find here.
Mica Levi – Death
Taken from the Under The Skin soundtrack. It isn’t an easy listen, but the track is perfect for the film. Weird and unsettling.
Akira Yamaoka – Theme of Laura (Reprise)
From Silent Hill 2. I’ve always loved this game and this piece in particular. Sometimes the horror is too much and to attempt escape is pointless.
Elskavon – Small Hands
This artist is a recent discovery. Taken from the album Release.
Seifert & Steinbuechel – Maunsel Sea Forts, England
The first entry on the list which isn’t entirely music, but more of an ambient soundcape. Taken from an album called Abandoned Places – all of which is quietly atmospheric.
Giles Lamb – Dead Island Theme
When I saw the trailer for Dead Island and heard the haunting music it instantly became a favourite. And if you haven’t watched the trailer it is well worth your time as a three minute horror film. Since then his music has become a go-to when I’m writing. Give one of his albums a go.
Desiderii Marginis – Come Ruin and Rapture
Dark ambient music. They have a number of albums to try. This track always conjures images of Silent Hill, perhaps helped by the drone of a distant siren.
Atrium Carceri – A Curved Blade
More dark ambience, this is taken from the album Void. Disconcerting tracks to help bring the dark.
Cities Last Broadcast – The Cancelled Earth
I’ve included the whole album for this one. Apparently created from a decades worth of recordings from urban environments and shaped into a nightmare soundscape.
There are many more I could recommend, but these are the ones I return to in order to help me find my feet. Let me know how you find these pieces and suggest your own.