Warp Records’ Clark Scores Sky Atlantic Crime Thriller ‘The Last Panthers’

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Clark has scored Sky Atlantic’s new six-part series The Last Panthers starring Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim, John Hurt and co-produced by Warp Films (Southcliffe, Four Lions, This Is England) and Haut et Court (The Returned). As already reported, David Bowie has provided the title theme for the series.

Following a world tour in support of his critically acclaimed 2014 self titled album, the Warp producer was approached by series director Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, Bloodline, Vikings, The Walking Dead) to provide the soundtrack.

“In scoring the series, it felt idiotic to not tap into one of the founding corners of Warp. Thus, we were enamoured by artist Chris Clark and the collaboration found its shape quickly. Chris’ sensibilities and brazen creativity was bang on for a score to deal with everything from the Biblical grandeur of the story, via brooding darkness all the way over to tender sentimentality. He had it covered.”
– Johan Renck, Director

Clark approached composing ‘The Last Panthers’ soundtrack with the same ethos as his artist releases; combining sounds of the natural world with clinical, machine enhanced production and an experimental, exploratory attitude.

“It all started on a porch in Melbourne with a viola and a contact mic. I’ve never worked on anything like this before and it’s probably the most exciting/fun/at times panic inducing thing I’ve ever done.

The narrative of the show is vast, deep. It spans many different eras in the characters lives, so it needed to be coherent. The intention was to make the unfolding stories of the characters seem lucid and effortless.

Seeing the show get edited down to this concise, six part slab of dramatic excellence was inspiring, and definitely helped the music stay fresh. I’m honoured that The Last Panthers is the first foray into film I’ve had, it’s an immense project to be involved in.”
– Clark

Now streaming on Clark’s Soundcloud is a piece from ‘The Last Panthers’ soundtrack entitled ‘Omni Vignette’.

“This is something I wrote the day after playing at Bloc. I remember feeling “I never want to hear another kick drum ever again”. Which of course is nonsense.

Anyway, I did a laptop mic version, then hired a posh 80’s valve mic to record it, I really like the tone, it’s stripped back, it doesn’t kick off, that’s sort of the point. Kick drums are for kicking off. It works really well for an intimate scene in Panthers, I can’t give too much away though.”
– Clark

The Last Panthers will air on Sky Atlantic starting 12th November 2015.