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French Canadian composer Raphaël Reed is back with his new track “I’m A Federal Agent” from the new opioid drama-thriller Crisis, starring Gary Oldman. Stream the track exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below. The soundtrack will be officially released by Varèse Sarabande Records this Friday, February 26—the day of the film’s U.S. theatrical release. Elevation Pictures will release Crisis across all digital and on-demand channels on March 16 in Canada.
Reed landed the project when director Nicholas Jarecki (Arbitrage) asked him to submit some gritty electronic music that would suit the film’s narrative. Upon reading the script, the composer created an experimental and heartfelt piece of music that spoke to Nicholas so much that it ended up becoming the main theme of Crisis.
“Composing the music for Crisis was an incredible experience and a beautiful challenge. Cliff Martinez (music advisor) and I had weekly discussions with Nicholas Jarecki (director) about his vision for the film to have its own unique musical identity embodying the themes of struggle and hope in the face of great adversity—fitting ideas for the opioid emergency. We wanted the music to draw attention to the complexity of the characters’ emotions and to underline the darkness of the opioid epidemic while still instilling some positive possibilities. With that in mind, I experimented with different instruments, playing them in unusual ways, creating striking textures and strong thematic elements. I feel the result is a truly unique score that reflects the gritty, real, and beautiful world that is Crisis,” says Raphaël Reed.
An intense thriller set against the opioid epidemic, Crisis features three interwoven stories that highlight the greed, violence and tragedy of the drug war. A trafficker arranges a smuggling operation, an architect tracks down the truth behind her son’s disappearance and a professor uncovers revelations about his employer, a pharmaceutical giant bringing a new non-addictive
painkiller to market.
Raphaël Reed is a Canadian composer and sound artist based in Montreal. A graduate from the University of Montreal in Music Research and Contemporary Creation, his style is an innovative hybrid integrating analog synth, electro-acoustic gestures, and classical instruments. In film and television, his compositions include the soundtrack of Crisis (2021) from Director Nicholas Jarecki. His other music scores include, amongst others, The Walrus and the WhistleBlower (2020), Louise Lecavalier: In Motion (2018), Révolution (2018), 1:54 (2016), and A Little Bit Of Zombie (2012). In largescale live events, he co-composed the opening soundtrack for the 2014 UEFA Champions League final held in Portugal and directed and composed the Chimelong International Circus in China (2017). He has also composed music for hundreds of advertisements.