If you are aware of modern film scores, then you’re likely in the know about the great work from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The Nine Inch Nails members most notably, perhaps, scored the film The Social Network, which garnered them an Oscar for Best Original Score. But they’ve also provided lengthy scores for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, and The Vietnam War, just to name a few. And each and every one of them are haunting, brilliant pieces of work which all enhance the films they were made for. And now they’ve added another film to their growing list of scores with the hit Netflix original Bird Box.
Bird Box, based on the 2014 novel, has been racking up millions upon millions of streams, making it one of Netflix’s most successful original films. And while I honestly don’t know what it’s about (something to do with blindfolds? Maybe birds? Maybe blindfolded birds?), the fact that it has music from Reznor and Ross has perked my ears right up. The musicians have held a consistent streak of great film scores since first getting together for The Social Network. So as expected, Bird Box has continued in this streak, presenting the pair’s trademark menacing atmospherics that once again work to craft a compelling a listen all on its own.
The news of the score actually came about a week back when the duo shared a 12+ minute cut from the album. They originally made it available for purchase digitally on the Nine Inch Nails website, but today it’s up on all streaming platforms for everyone to enjoy. As a whole, it runs a little over an hour, but Trent Reznor has also shared that this is just the standard version of the score. Sometime in the Spring, he plans to release a deluxe version with an additional hour of music. That one will get a physical release. While you wait for that, get your adrenaline and anxiety flowing with the current version of the score right here.