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Having arrived in nearly 800 theaters today, there’s a good chance that Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon is currently playing near you. As we wait to see if it gets the heralded CinemaScore F, considering it pushed buttons even here (our Cannes review), Cliff Martinez‘s evocative, dream-like score for the Los Angeles-set journey into the word of modeling is now streaming in full.

“The film steers the ship; gives you the structure and the ideas. Interestingly, I don’t see the three works as fitting into distinct categories as you just described,” Martinez tells Birth Movies Death, referring to Drive, Only God Forgives, and The Neon Demon. “They always seem like they blurred together. We both share a love of sparse electronic music. We both love ’70s and ’80s electronic music. I think every work shares these sensibilities. We’ve always talked about Kraftwerk, Goblin, [Giorgio] Moroder – those artists have always been reference points. It always seems like an evolution to me, but we’ve always tried to consciously steer clear of past work. But can we actually escape our pasts?”

Check out the full score below thanks to Spotify, as well as Winding Refn’s analyzation of a scene, a talk with the director and cast, and an international poster. One can also read our full interview with the director here.

The Neon Demon poster

The Neon Demon is now in wide release.

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