Death Waltz Recording Company is delighted to take you back to the schoolyard for a dose of fun with Kreng’s score to COOTIES. A group of elementary teachers – including Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, and Rainn Wilson – up against an army of feral kids infected with a mystery virus, bringing new meaning to the term “playground violence." Produced by Wood’s company Spectrevision, COOTIES is already shaping up to be a modern cult classic, not least through its infectious music.
Composed by the avant-garde project Kreng (aka Belgian musician Pepjin Caudron) the score for COOTIES reflects a number of influences, from Bernard Herrmann’s work for strings to spaghetti westerns through a trip hop filter set to “extreme foreboding”. Kreng’s approach will surprise and intrigue, compared to many scores of its ilk. While it’s synth-heavy, there are key roles for haunting vocal effects and violins, mixing both aesthetically beautiful and madcap cues to create waves of emotionally and viscerally powerful tunes. COOTIES stands proud alongside – and in some cases above – the crop of contemporary horror scores. Relax, put the needle on the wax, and let this record infect your ears. You’ll be voracious for more.