Monsterland is an 8-episode anthology series based on the collection of stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters. Encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and other strange beasts drive broken people to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, ultimately showing there is a thin line between man and monster. Look for it to premiere exclusively on Hulu tomorrow (October 2nd).
Monsterland is written, executive produced and created by Mary Laws and will stream on Hulu beginning October 2.
Today, Dread Central is thrilled to exclusively debut the track “Solitude” from the Monsterland soundtrack by Gustavo Santaolalla; give it a spin and read more about the soundtrack below.
Lakeshore Records is set to release Monsterland—Original Series Soundtrack digitally on October 2nd. The original music composed by Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries), evokes elements of horror, science fiction, and gore in creatively unnerving fashion—subtly twisted orchestration, unsettling electronics and echoing instrumentation all come together to striking effect. Monsterland is written, executive produced and created by Mary Laws. The series is executive produced by Babak Anvari, Lucan Toh, Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle. Ali Krug will serve as co-executive producer and the series is produced by Annapurna Television.
Monsterland is an 8-episode anthology series based on the collection of stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters. Encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and other strange beasts drive broken people to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, ultimately showing there is a thin line between man and monster.
The series stars Kaitlyn Dever, Jonathan Tucker, Charlie Tahan, Nicole Beharie, Hamish Linklater, Marquis Rodriguez, Bill Camp, Michael Hsu Rosen, Taylor Schilling, Roberta Colindrez, Adria Arjona, Trieu Tran, Kelly Marie Tran, Mike Colter and Adepero Oduye.
Says Santaolalla: “Several things connected with me deeply. I found in the stories elements that reminded me of the ‘magical realism’ that I grew up with in Latin America through writers like Horacio Quiroga and Gabriel García Márquez. Also, the idea of tapping into a landscape in which fear and horror have a metaphysical quality connected to the psyche of the characters appealed to me.”
02. Hurting Beast
03. Getting Ready
05. Overslept – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
06. He’s Outside – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
07. One by One
08. Horroris Causa
09. Locked in Your Soul
10. Chasing – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
11. The Fall – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
13. In Solitude
14. Dragged – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
15. Gasping – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
16. Playing in the Tub
17. Into the Dark
18. Reach for The Light – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
20. Unbearable – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
21. What’s Left
22. On the Move – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
23. Only Solitude
24. Once Again Wrong – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
25. In Another Life – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
27. Where Is He? – Gustavo Santaolalla & Juan Luqui
28. In the Shadows
ABOUT GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA
The renowned and talented musician, composer and producer Gustavo Santaolalla has developed an extensive and successful career. Born on August 19, 1951 and a native of El Palomar, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Santaolalla began taking guitar lessons at age five. In his youth he was part of the massively recognized band, Arco Iris. Since its inception, the identity issue has been one of the main axes of Santaolalla’s artistic vision. During those years Argentina was victim of a violent coup and a bloody military dictatorship. In 1978 Santaolalla decides to settle in Los Angeles. He forms the group Wet Picnic with Aníbal Kerpel, a musician and engineer with who he continues working to this day. The theme “Cocktailed Sky” was one of the first short musicals to be transmitted by the test signal of the emerging MTV. In 1984, with the newly established Argentine democracy, he returns there to perform “De Ushuaia a la Quiaca” a project that brings him together to his soul mate, Leon Gieco, with who he travels all across the country.
Santaolalla’s work with artists like Café Tacvba, Maldita Vecindad, Julieta Venegas, Divididos, Los Prisioneros, etc. establishes him as one of the fundamental pillars of the history of the movement known as Rock en Español.
Years later, together with Aníbal Kerpel and Adrian Sosa (musician and producer), he creates his own record label called Surco, and manages to establish the careers of artists such as Molotov, Juanes, Bersuit, La Vela Puerca, El Peyote Asesino, Arbol, Bajofondo, etc. Between 2000 and 2017 Santaolalla is awarded 16 Latin Grammys and 2 Grammys for his work as a producer, songwriter and artist.
He founds and integrates, Bajofondo, together with Juan Campodonico (musician and producer), and participates in widely recognized festivals around the world such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Roskilde and prestigious venues such as the Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen among many others.
In 2005 he produces a series of albums, book and film entitled Café de los Maestros, in which he brings together the greatest exponents of the golden age of tango of the 1940’s and 1950’s.
At the same time throughout his career, he launches several solo albums. Santaolalla (1981), GAS (1995), Ronroco (1994), Camino (2014), Qhapaq nan (2015) and Raconto (2017). The beginnings of Santaolalla as a music composer for films occur in the year 2000. He forges a lasting friendship and an artistic partnership with director, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, for who he composes the original score for his films Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful. Later, films such as The Motorcycle Diaries by Walter Salles open a path of immense recognition in the film industry, and in 2007, Santaolalla becomes the third composer in history to win two Oscar awards consecutively, for the Ang Lee film Brokeback Mountain in 2006, and Iñarritu for Babel in 2007.
Meanwhile, Gustavo creates a publishing company called RETINA, through which he publishes collection books of several prominent photographers like Gaby Messina, Gustavo di Mario, Diego Levy, Nora Lezano, Alejandra Palacios, etc. The books Sangre and Potrero were also given international awards in the book fair in Madrid, Spain.
In 2013, and for the first time in his career, Santaolalla created the music for a video game. The Last of Us, with more than 200 awards, including game of the year, becomes one of the most successful video games in history. Santaolalla was again invited by Neil Druckmann to work on the follow-up video game and the much-anticipated The Last of Us II, released in June 2020.
In 2013 the album Presente was released, leading Bajofondo to an extensive world tour of the band.
In 2014, Santaolalla makes the music for the successful and award-winning film The Book of Life. Not only composing incidental music, but also writing original songs with the iconic Paul Williams.
2015 finds Santaolalla getting the Platino Award for his work in the acclaimed Damian Szifron’s film Relatos Salvajes.
Also that same year he produced and hosted Qhapq ñan, desandando el camino a four-part TV documentary released in Argentina. His work in North American television in this period includes his original music for shows such as the popular Jane the Virgin and the controversial Making of a Murderer. Starting in 2018, Santaolalla began working on the musical score for Narcos: Mexico Season 1, Season 2 and is currently working on Season 3.
In 2019, Santaolalla produced the music for the Los Tigres del Norte Netflix Original documentary & live album, Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s live album at Folsom and includes a Spanish version of “Folsom Prison Blues”. It was followed by the release of Café Tacvba’s second MTV Unplugged celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band.
Most recently, Santaolalla was invited by Eric Clapton to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival alongside artists such as Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, John Mayer and Clapton, himself.
Having wrapped up the score for Miguel Sapochnick’s upcoming feature film, BIOS starring Tom Hanks in the first half of 2020, Santaolalla is currently working on the animation series Maya and the Three (Netflix), the Spanish televison mini-series El Cid (Amazon Prime Video), and Freak Power: The Ballot of the Bomb, a documentary inspired by Hunter S. Thompson’s run for sheriff of Pitkin County.
ABOUT LAKESHORE RECORDS
Lakeshore Records is a four-time Grammy Nominated record label, and the soundtrack arm of the Cutting Edge Group. Lakeshore Records is the global independent leader in top line soundtrack album releases, including such popular, critically acclaimed and classic soundtracks as Drive, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Discovery, The Handmaid’s Tale, Napoleon Dynamite, the Academy Award nominated Lady Bird and Academy Award winners Moonlight, Little Miss Sunshine, If Beale Street Could Talk and The Hurt Locker and many, many more.
Lakeshore Records works with the most respected, award-winning artists and composers such as Jonny Greenwood, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Daniel Lanois, PJ Harvey, Nicholas Britell, Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell, Cliff Martinez, James Horner, Thomas Newman, John Powell, Mark Isham, Graeme Revell, Rolfe Kent, Gustavo Santaolalla, Philip Glass, Dario Marianelli, Mark Mothersbaugh, Christophe Beck, Christopher Young, Rachel Portman, and Marco Beltrami.
Recent Lakeshore Records titles include the Apple TV+ flagship launch series The Morning Show composed by Carter Burwell, Randy Newman’s Marriage Story, and Red Dead Redemption 2 featuring music by Daniel Lanois, Willie Nelson, D’Angelo, Rhiannon Giddens, Josh Homme, and Rocco DeLuca.
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