Composer Cliff Martinez and Director Nicolas Winding Refn reunite for The Neon Demon

May 20, 2016 11:48am

Three times the charm for veteran film composer Cliff Martinez and director Nicolas Winding Refn. Ever since their initial collaboration on 2011’s sexy indie thriller Drive, the two artists have gone together like Gosling and a hammer.

Now, they’re back for Refn’s latest feature, The Neon Demon, starring the ever-talented Elle Fanning as a young, aspiring model surrounded by a bunch of monstrous, beauty-hungry women. Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves co-star.

The film just premiered at Cannes Film Festival and to celebrate Milan Records has unearthed the gloomy, pulsating title track from Martinez’s forthcoming soundtrack. As expected, it’s fit for the dance floor and warrants lots of glitter.

Cliff Martinez, the composer who left his mark on Nicolas Windin Refn's breakthrough film Drive (and more recently TV's The Knick), is working together with the acclaimed director again on the upcoming film THE NEON DEMON. Their third collaboration together (the other being 2013's Only God Forgives), the soundtrack will be released via Milan Records both digitally and on CD June 24, 2016, along with a double vinyl release coming July 1st. In addition to the score, the album release also features the original track “Waving Goodbye” performed by Sia. Today Consequence of Sound premieres the first piece of music from the film -- Cliff's unforgettable, dark-disco leaning theme "Neon Demon". Listen here on Soundcloud.

Amazon Studios and Broad Green Pictures will be releasing THE NEON DEMON in theaters June 24th before making it available exclusively to Amazon Prime members. The film premiers at Cannes this weekend.

Perhaps inspired by his time in the punk scene, Cliff Martinez’s approach to scoring is nontraditional. His scores tend towards being stark and sparse, utilizing a modern tonal palette to paint the backdrop for films that are often dark, psychological stories like PUMP UP THE VOLUME (1990), THE LIMEY (2009) WONDERLAND (2003), WICKER PARK (2004), and DRIVE (2011). Martinez has been nominated for a Grammy Award (Steven Soderbergh’s TRAFFIC), a Cesar Award (Xavier Giannoli’s A L’origine), and a Broadcast Film Critics Award (DRIVE).


THE NEON DEMON is a story about an aspiring model, Jesse (played by Elle Fanning) who moved to Los Angeles to chase her dreams. Her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she does. The film also stars Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. This is the third Nicolas Winding Refn film Martinez has a part of, first with DRIVE and secondly with ONLY GOD FORGIVES marking it as another trifecta of perfection for the duo.