More songs like Drive
September 29, 2011 8:45 AM   Subscribe

I can't stop listening to the icy cool Drive soundtrack. Help me find more songs like these!
posted by Avenger50 to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
Same here. Cliff Martinez's score has a kind of spare ambience that reminds me of the electronic ambient soundtrack for Apocalypse Now - the bits done by Mickey Hart. The soundtrack with these songs was released in 2001 when Apocalypse Now Redux came out.

There are also echoes in Drive of band The Human League. I'm pretty sure riff for "Don't you want me" was an influence on one of the tracks. I'd also look at songs by the band Sparks. I'd also look at the more ambient and movie-score B-sides from Wall of Voodoo for the feel, though not the sound, of Drive.
posted by zippy at 9:11 AM on September 29, 2011

... also, a lot of the downbeat music used in the TV series Miami Vice fits the sound and spirit of Drive. Here's a track listing for the CD soundtracks from the series.
posted by zippy at 9:33 AM on September 29, 2011

I believe you are looking for M83.

Also most of the oeuvre of Air.
posted by RJ Reynolds at 9:34 AM on September 29, 2011 [3 favorites]

You might enjoy the work of the bands Tangerine Dream, Kavinsky, and Gatekeeper. Also, Vangelis.
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:35 AM on September 29, 2011

Oh, and John Carpenter, especially Assault on Precinct 13.
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:36 AM on September 29, 2011

Argh. I had a huge list typed up, and closed the window. Anyway...

Firstly, the soundtrack had a bit of an 80s shoewave/new wave vibe to it. For some reason, I kept thinking of Blondie's "Heart of Glass." Take that as you will.

Secondly, if you want other recent minimalist electronic soundtracks, I'd strongly recommend Fall on Your Sword's soundtrack for Another Earth, and Trent Reznor's soundtrack to The Social Network.

Finally, some artists off the top of my head that you might like:
  • James Blake
  • Burial
  • Trentemøller
  • Zero 7
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Frou Frou/Imogen Heap
  • M83 (maybe?)
  • Sia (but not all of it)
  • Four Tet
  • The Cinematic Orchestra
  • Air
  • Tangerine Dream (they were on the soundtrack after all)
  • Bonobo
  • Telepopmuisk
  • You could probably pick through Moby's catalogue and find some stuff that matches what you're looking for. Ditto for UNKLE.
Oh, and you can of course, throw some songs from the soundtrack into Pandora, and come up with many more (and probably better) suggestions.

(And finally, finally, Metafilter's Own YouAreListening.To plays some great instrumental/ambient stuff alongside police scanners. It's pretty rad.)
posted by schmod at 9:41 AM on September 29, 2011 [2 favorites]

Speaking of Trent Reznor, get thee hence to his albums Ghosts I-IV, which are readily available for free legal download. Great background music. Definitely very icy cool.

Monolake is another band worth checking out.
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:45 AM on September 29, 2011

Er. That's shoegaze. Not shoewave.
posted by schmod at 10:19 AM on September 29, 2011

You'll want to check out basically everything on the label Italians DO It Better. Two IDIB artists (Chromatica ms Desire) are on the soundtrack album, and the rest of the label's output is in a very similar vein. Label head/producer Johnny Jewel even produced an early score for the film that will be releases later as an album.

Refn seems to have a thing for IDIB- Glass Candy's "Digital Versicolor" was used very memorably in Bronson, the only recent track on a soundtrack otherwise filled with New Order, the Pet Shop Boys, Etc.
posted by Merzbau at 11:20 AM on September 29, 2011 [2 favorites]

I like it when I can honestly recommend S's Puking & Crying.
posted by carsonb at 11:30 AM on September 29, 2011

As a corollary to Merzbau's recommendations, the Valerie label also had artists (College, Electric Youth) featured on the Drive soundtrack.
posted by evoque at 8:54 PM on September 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

Roll the Dice, baby. Track from their first album--*very* Drive-like. Stream the new album out last week--less so but still great.
posted by dobbs at 9:16 PM on September 29, 2011

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