“Contact” Colin Stetson

"Contact" by Colin Stetson, is Northern Transmissions' 'Song of the Day.'
"Contact" by Colin Stetson

Saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/composer Colin Stetson will release his soundtrack for Color Out Of Space, digitally on January 24 via Milan Records. The soundtrack features music written by Stetson for the Nicolas Cage-starring, sci-fi thriller, which makes its theatrical debut on January 24. The soundtrack will also be in vinyl format via Waxwork Records on March 10, with vinyl preorder available beginning January 24.

Colin Stetson has worked Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, LCD Soundsystem, The National and more, and written original scores for major film, television and game titles, most notably Red Dead Redemption 2 and the Ari Aster’s Hereditary.

Of the soundtrack, Stetson says:

“The question posed initially when conceiving of this score was what exactly is the sonic representation of a cosmic alien color that does not exist in this terrestrial reality? I began trying to answer that by layering the sounds of coral reefs, processing that cacophony and finding the order revealed through harmonic generation of these hyperdensities, and then continued to chase that same concept of ‘transfiguring the natural’ down every path and application I could see. Turns out it’s somewhere between magenta and hot pink :)”

Color Out of Space is based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft. After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farmstead, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare. Color Out of Space stars Nicolas Cage (Mandy, Leaving Las Vegas), Joely Richardson (The Rook, Nip/Tuck), Madeleine Arthur (Snowpiercer), Brendan Meyer (The OA), Julian Hilliard (The Haunting of Hill House), Elliot Knight (How to Get Away with Murder), with Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World) and Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong). The film is directed by Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil). He co-wrote the screenplay with Scarlett Amaris (The Theatre Bizarre). The film was produced by SpectreVision and ACE Pictures and is being distributed domestically by RLJ Entertainment.

Colin Stetson
Color Out of Space
Milan Records / Sony Masterworks
Release Date: January 24th, 2020

Track List:
West of Arkham
The Gardners
Contact
Drawing the Lightning
Dinner’s Ready
Taken
Peaches!
Stranded
Alpacalypse
City Hall
It Burns
The Color
Reservoir