Title - 'Jumper' (Lakeshore Records)
Artist - John Powell
The instant that the opening cue, "My Day So Far," began, I knew I was going to like this score. Very early on it became immediately apparent that this score was going to do nothing but enhance the film. Meaning, even if the film is sub-par, this score should go a long way towards helping the time pass. On the other hand, if the film actually turns out to be good (which I am hoping, ever the optimist) this score will be one of those qualities that make it so.
I am sure you are wondering why I think this? The answer is simple, John Powell has created a highly energized and involving score that is instantly catchy, easy to listen to, and distinct. Not to mention his highly synthesized sounds would seem to be the perfect fit for the science fiction trappings of the film.
The film tells the story of a young man who discovers he has the ability to teleport anywhere that he wishes, only to then find himself in the midst of a war between "jumpers" and those sworn to stop them. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to create a fusion of film with non-traditional score.
Powell's score seems to be devoid of any type of thematic score, with recurring character themes. Instead it moves along like waves crashing down on some random beach. The pieces combine and build to a crescendo before crashing down on the listener only to begin the cycle again. That sounds like it would be repetitious but it isn't. The music does not wish to settle on repeating itself so much as repeating the style. The sounds all stand on their own, combining in their own unique way to build excitement. I can almost picture the battles and chases that will go on, followed by moments to catch your breath.
I love the fusion of sounds employed by Powell. It is much like a traditional score remixed for the club scene. Layers upon layers of synth, pulsing beats combined with traditional orchestral strings and brass, with further layers of rock guitar and drums. A variety of disparate sound coming together in harmony, forging new sounds and styles.