There is an emotive quality that music by Electric Youth brings to a film. Their scores, with their signature blend of melodic string sections and synthesized soundscapes, are birthed out of a lifelong passion for cinema, a love they’ve shared together since first meeting at the age of 10. And since first breaking through with the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 Academy Award nominated film Drive, where their now iconic theme song “A Real Hero” scored pivotal scenes and found chart topping and critical acclaim, Electric Youth haven’t slowed down.
The Toronto/LA duo's widescreen synth pop continues to influence and define the stylish, synthesizer based sound that has flourished for a decade now. This is evident on their studio albums, from their debut Innerworld, which cemented the band’s reputation as a leading voice in the intricate mix of pop and electronic elements (hailed by Rolling Stone as “euphoric, wistful pop”), to their most recent Memory Emotion, nominated for Electronic Album of the Year at the 2020 JUNOS.
But that only describes one side of their musical landscape, as like the fellow recording artist turned composer duo of Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross before them, Electric Youth’s Austin Garrick & Bronwyn Griffin craft scores that go beyond the sounds found on their acclaimed studio albums, to seamlessly combine the orchestral and the electronic, the traditional and the modern, with a timeless melodic throughline distinctly their own.
This has resulted in a diverse range of scores, songs and collaborations to date, from work on further projects with Nicolas Winding Refn (including 2016’s horror-thriller Neon Demon), to Oscar Winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Async Remodels, from critically acclaimed 2020 horror-drama Come True, to action-thriller Taken 2 to Netflix teen romantic comedy The Perfect Date and teen drama Riverdale.
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