Nicolas Winding Refnd’s Drive is a brilliant neon-lit noir tale of a getaway driver. It is soundtracked to perfection by Cliff Martinez’s score and a host of neo-retro ’80s synthesizer electronica. Ryan Gosling’s character doesn’t say much throughout the film so a lot of the time, it’s left up to the music to say it for him. Here are some of my highlights from it:
‘A Real Hero’ bookends the emotional arc of the story, its driven (no pun intended) nostalgic synths adds style to an already considerably stylish film, while reinforcing the motives of the main character played by Gosling.
College feat. Electric Youth – A Real Hero by College
I always thought this song would work wonderfully in a film and in Drive, it’s used as the soundtrack to the opening credits. It’s both light and dark. CSS’s Lovefoxxx offers the light while speaking about Gosling’s character (“There’s something inside you. It’s hard to explain.”) while Kavinsky’s vocodered vocals suggest a dark side.
Nightcall (feat. Lovefoxxx) by Kavinsky
The original ‘Tick Of The Clock’ from italo disco revivalists Chromatics’ has a running time of 15 minutes but it’s a mood piece that heightens the cinematic tension of the driving scenes.
Chromatics – Tick Of the Clock by Italians Do it Better
You can get the soundtrack from iTunes.
An interview with Johnny Jewel of Chromatics and Desire about the soundtrack and how a lot of unused music will be released at a later date.
Drive Soundtrack Tracklisting
01.Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx – Nightcall
02. Desire – Under Your Spell
03. College feat. Electric Youth – A Real Hero
04. Riz Ortolani feat. Katyna Ranieri – Oh My Love
05. Chromatics – Tick Of The Clock
06. Cliff Martinez – Rubber Head
07. Cliff Martinez – I Drive
08. Cliff Martinez – He Had A Good Time
09.Cliff Martinez – They Broke His Pelvis
10. Cliff Martinez – Kick Your Teeth
11. Cliff Martinez – Where’s The Deluxe Version?
12. Cliff Martinez – See You In Four
13. Cliff Martinez – After The Chase
14. Cliff Martinez – Hammer
15. Cliff Martinez – Wrong Floor
16. Cliff Martinez – Skull Crushing
17. Cliff Martinez – My Name On A Car
18. Cliff Martinez – On The Beach
19. Cliff Martinez – Bride Of Deluxe