While we won't be seeing Silence here in the UK until January, we'll at least be able get a taste of the score, as Paramount Pictures now has the soundtrack streaming on their website as part of their run-up to the 2016 Academy Awards.
The soundtrack, composed by Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Kluge, is not your average movie soundtrack. It blends choral voices, unsettling soundscapes, and earthy percussion into some supremely oppressive, but often quite beautiful and atmospheric, music. It might not be your cup of tea, but if you're anything like this writer, you'll seriously dig this strange feast for the ears. As of writing, you can listen to it here.
To recap: Silence, set in the 17th century, is the story of a pair of Jesuit priests who follow their erstwhile mentor to Japan, where they experience crises of faith, persecution, and the unsettling implications, moral, spiritual, and political, of the spread of Christianity in this foreign country.
Martin Scorsese is directing, coming off of the wild, riotous, and debauchery-filled The Wolf of Wall Street and returning to more religious fair that looks to be more in line with previous Scorsese films like The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun, both films that wrestle with faith and religion in provocative ways.
Check out that soundtrack, and look out for Silence on 1st January next year. I've a feeling this is going to be a good one.