HEALTH “Max Payne 3” | Rockstar
It was surprising for me to find HEALTH making a soundtrack for the new Max Payne video game a couple of months ago, and even more surprising to find myself really enjoying it. Of course, it is a video game soundtrack but it plays like a movie score done by a more texture-driven HEALTH.
When I saw a post for their song “Tears”, I guess a sort of single for the Max Payne 3 video game, I was immediately hooked. But “Tears” is pretty much the closest the album comes to Get Color or any other HEALTH release. And it’s a good thing.
They move around guitar loops, preachy- shamanistic moaning vocals and tribal 3-d drums that actualize the listener in a movie of its own. The best part about it is that the cheese from video game soundtracks is utilized for its artistic properties. HEALTH are masters of creating webs of noisy guitar that are ultimately somehow completely controlled, tamed and then made dancy. They are masters of frequencies and psychotic drumming. They are terrific with minimalistic, textured vocals. All of these principles brought together make a damn good video game soundtrack that is a very pleasant surprise.
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