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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Maps to the Stars' (Howe Records)
Artist - Howard Shore

For those not in the know, 'Maps to the Stars' is a brand new Canadian-American satirical crime drama film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, and Evan Bird. Indeed, this is the second consecutive collaboration between Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson (after 'Cosmopolis') and marks the third collaboration between Cronenberg and Prospero Pictures, who previously collaborated on 'A Dangerous Method' and 'Cosmopolis.' If you want a tad bit more, this is also the third Cronenberg film made with Canadian actress Sarah Gadon. And yet, with all that said, this is still the first Cronenberg film has ever shot in the United States!

'Maps to the Stars' concerns the plight of two former child-stars, while commenting on the entertainment industry's relationship with western civilization as a whole. Scored by the always-reliable, Howard Shore - 'The Lord of The Rings,' 'Hugo,' 'The Departed', etc. - Shore himself has also collaborated musically with Cronenberg on more than one occasion in the past.

Indeed, he began with Cronenberg's 1979 'The Brood' and has since scored 15 of the director's films. For this new composition, Shore brings us with each and every track a deeply menacing undertow that picks up on some of the ethnic, New Age sounds of the word it depicts. From the moment the opening tracks 'Greyhound,' 'Set Me Free' and 'Stolen Eaters' have ebbed out, you are suddenly aware that you must continue this musically cinematic journey.

As mesmerizing as ever. Shore's tracks such as 'Fire and Water,' 'Secrets Kill,' and both 'I'm Sorry' and 'I Write Your Name' all engage you; as a listener. So much so if you close your eyes, after having seen the film, you can immediately picture every single scene just by Shore's incredible work.