The Haxan Cloak Is Behind the Score for Upcoming Horror Film 'Midsommar'

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A scene from the trailer for Midsommar.

Considering Bobby Krlic performs under the name The Haxan Cloak, a name which harks back to the 1922 Swedish witchcraft classic Haxan, it's only fitting that the British producer was tapped to create the score for a new horror film that takes place in Sweden. Midsommar, the latest exercise in terror from Hereditary director Ari Aster, comes out July 3 and features a score from Krlic, who earned critical acclaim as the mastermind behind the dark, harrowing electronic soundscapes of the Haxan Cloak.

Krlic's relationship to the film is a unique one – Aster wrote the screenplay while listening to his music. In addition to creating the film score, Krlic also composed the diegetic music, creating droning, atonal ritualistic chants for the fictional festival in the film (the movie centers on a couple who travels to a pastoral fest that turns into a Wicker Man-esque nightmare).

“Trying to live up to the expectations of a director who wrote the script to my music was an intimidating task,” Krlic says. “But in the end I believe it’s been the most rewarding and deeply educational experience I’ve ever had. Not only was working with Ari Aster an honor, but the work was a true collaboration.”

While Haxan Cloak hasn't released an album since 2013's Excavation, Krlic worked with Bjork on 2015's instant classic Vulnicura and Atticus Ross on the score to Blackhat that same year.

The Midsommar soundtrack comes out July 5 via Milan Records, two days after the film's release.


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