Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Things To Do

REVIEW: 'Spring Breakers' soundtrack, with Skrillex as star, proves a mesmerizing mix

By SEAN DALY

Times Pop Music Critic

As a movie, Spring Breakers is a brash, irresponsible — and darkly fun — fantasy, a neon-kissed postcard from St. Pete-as-Sodom. And yet, for all of its blaring moments, Harmony Korine's film is filled with just as many quiet ones, as four young women, and the wannabe drug kingpin who loves 'em, partake of smoky sins and contemplate where they might fit in this unreal universe.

As a result of the dreamlike images onscreen, the strongest moments on Spring Breakers' highly mesmerizing soundtrack belong not only to white-hot turntablist Skrillex (a guy whose job is to get kids grinding) but also to his calmer cohort, Cliff Martinez. A former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer, Martinez has composed a technotic update of Tangerine Dream's epic Risky Business score, all synth burbles and deep, troubling pulses.

These are the days of such hot instrumental acts as Explosions in the Sky and This Will Destroy You, and Martinez's music is very much in the same emotionally rich, melodic vein. The soundtrack album should prove to be an underground hit. Twisted irony? Martinez's chilly songs (particularly the cuts Pretend It's a Video Game and You're Friends Ain't Gonna Leave With You) would make for great college studying music — which we see none of during the flick.

As for college partying music, well, the 19-track album has plenty of that too. The slamtastic opener is Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, Skrillex's slurred EDM banger that accompanies a lurid beach scene — what MTV would look like if program-directed by Larry Flynt. (To his credit, Skrillex also delivers a somber beauty called Ride Home, in which a highly distorted vocal offers otherwordly charms.)

Seeing as how the film's second half is more of a hardcore rap fantasy than a randy, beachy one, hardcore hip-hop dots the soundtrack, siren wails by Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross and Gucci Mane, the latter of whom plays the flick's menacing heavy.

And then, of course, there's the utterly ridiculous and just as irresistible Hangin' With da Dopeboys, a chanty duet 'tween local MC Dangeruss and actor James Franco, who plays rapper-dealer antihero Alien. Much like the movie, the song crassly celebrates sinister comforts. And yet there's something to be enjoyed here, especially if you hail from the 727 and can't help but feel — despite all the vice, vixens — a lil' hometown pride kicking in.

Sean Daly can be reached at [email protected] Follow @seandalypoplife on Twitter.

Comments
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Coco Montrese on St. Pete Pride, the Pulse shooting and compassion from police

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Coco Montrese on St. Pete Pride, the Pulse shooting and compassion from police

Get ready for St. Pete Pride featuring a performance by Coco Montrese.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Wednesday

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Wednesday

Editors' picks for June 20.
Updated: 2 hours ago
George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, more bringing Comedy Get Down tour to Tampa

George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, more bringing Comedy Get Down tour to Tampa

They're back.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Your guide to St. Pete Pride: What's changed for 2018

Your guide to St. Pete Pride: What's changed for 2018

Everything you need to know about St. Pete Pride 2018.
Updated: 3 hours ago
SoundBytes: Mat Kearney, Gladys Knight, Big Boi, Ski Mask the Slump God and more

SoundBytes: Mat Kearney, Gladys Knight, Big Boi, Ski Mask the Slump God and more

Some upcoming Tampa Bay concerts to have on the calendar.
Updated: 3 hours ago
St. Pete Pride calendar: Parties, art exhibits, the big parade and more events for Pride week

St. Pete Pride calendar: Parties, art exhibits, the big parade and more events for Pride week

Pride EventsInterfaith Pride WorshipImam Daaylee Abdullah, of the Mecca Institute in Washington DC, serves as guest speaker. Free. First Presbyterian Church St. Petersburg, 701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-2031. 7 p.m. Thursday.Open Mic ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Your guide to St. Pete Pride: What's changed for 2018

Your guide to St. Pete Pride: What's changed for 2018

Pride weekend kicks off in St. Petersburg Friday with a free concert hosted by a RuPaul’s Drag Race star, a parade along the downtown waterfront on Saturday and an expanded expo of vendors and art on Sunday in the Grand Central District that ga...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 20

AMC Summer Movie Camp: The Lego Batman Movie: The summer screening includes a KidsPack of popcorn and snacks. Also taking place at Palm Harbor 10 in Palm Harbor and Regency 20 in Brandon. 10 a.m., Centro Ybor 10, 1600 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $4. (813)...
Updated: 5 hours ago
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Coco Montrese on St. Pete Pride, the Pulse shooting and compassion from police

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Coco Montrese on St. Pete Pride, the Pulse shooting and compassion from police

Coco Montrese is best known as the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 lip-sync queen who came back a record four times to win with fierce performances. But longtime Tampa Bay drag performer Kori Stevens just calls Coco a "hometown girl." As head of e...
Updated: 6 hours ago
My husband has been on the ketogenic diet for three months. Here’s how he does it.

My husband has been on the ketogenic diet for three months. Here’s how he does it.

This week I wrote about something with which I have become very familiar: the ketogenic diet. If you’re like, "Huh?" you are where I was three months ago, before my husband, Phil, embarked on the weight-loss regimen. The keto diet is a high-fat, low-...
Updated: 8 hours ago