Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film)

Thom Yorke - Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film)
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2018 Ratings: #97
October 26, 2018 / Release Date
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Northern Transmissions

Though it remains to be seen how well it will fit the film itself and retain as an iconic piece in its own right, this is a piece worthy of the legacy of Suspiria.

Crack Magazine
These are pieces of music at once as crushing as they are uplifting, perfect accompaniments to their cinematic partners but capable, too, of transcending them as works of art, becoming something else entirely.
Spectrum Culture
As far as soundtracks go, Yorke has excelled. He avoids the common pitfalls of generic, placid post-minimalism in favor of a tactile set of music that easily moves between styles and genres.
A.V. Club

It’s big and gaudy and abrasive; it’s lushly textured and symphonic; it’s Yorke’s best solo album, assuming you are into the idea of 80 minutes of Amnesiac B-sides and analog dark ambient.

The Independent

Yorke’s first ever soundtrack summons the darkness of horror, and the terror of blood and evil, over 25 tracks ... But Suspiria is not all creepy instrumentals. A handful of tracks stand out, and are among Yorke’s best solo work.

He’s clearly thrived from the pressure and expectation, creating something truly exceptional.
Rolling Stone

It’s an intriguing sideways swerve for Yorke, who’s still finding new ways to unsettle and delight listeners after all these years as one of rock’s greatest ever late-night spooks.


In its minimalist opacity and Vantablack depths, it’s the polar opposite of Goblin’s playfully neon-hued approach, and it’s in going to that extreme that Yorke has made Suspiria his own.

The Observer
It’s to Yorke’s credit that the sense of foreboding he conjures, whether in the discordant Volk or the more elegant Olga’s Destruction (Volk Tape), manages to be so evocative even without Guadagnino’s visuals.
FLOOD Magazine

The pinnacle of masterful soundtrack writing, certainly, is to listen apart from the film, and still be able to conjure imagery in its place. Thom Yorke’s Suspiria is that rarest of beasts: music for a cinematic work that can stand on its own.


Yorke came through with his best solo album yet. He assuredly created a multi-layered horror soundtrack that serves as an engrossing confection of new musical landscapes in its own right while being essential to the film’s effect.


Yorke’s job here is to maximise the impact of the film through sound, something he does masterfully whenever employed.

The Line of Best Fit

It achieves the toughest task for a soundtrack - to maintain interest independent of the images it was built to accompany and accentuate - with impressive ease.

Consequence of Sound

Suspiria is a competent film score with occasional flashes of brilliance.

Tiny Mix Tapes

As gorgeous and misstep-free as it is, the soundtrack risks a bit of that souvenir, collector’s item feel native to score-based soundtracks.

Drowned in Sound

This optimism is perhaps Suspira’s most surprising quality. Despite its supernatural setting and modern day political commentary, you get the sense that Yorke remains hopeful amongst the darkness.

Under The Radar
Like most music composed for cinema, it suffers without the images, sound that exists to enhance is often lacking when left alone. It doesn't lack anywhere near as much as most scores do though, suggesting Yorke might match his bandmate after all.

Altogether, Suspiria is an appropriate accompaniment to the film, generating fear and discomfort as much by what's presented by Yorke as what's left to the imagination.

The Guardian

Without the luxury of diegetic songs, the Radiohead frontman’s music for Luca Guadagnino’s forthcoming Suspiria remake is instead much more traditional, belonging in the background to ramp up the emotional cues, and as such is not as satisfying a home listening experience.

Calling it now
Thom is the musician our century will be remembered by

Suspirium is jarring, Unmade now stands as my favourite piece of sound from Yorke.
and every snippet of sound heard from this soundtrack more compelling than anything I had dreamed to hear.
With 25 tracks, there are many broken pieces made to live in film, the workings of Yorke's piano are everywhere, but its the smaller moments in which Yorke gives his voice that stand as the most powerful moments on this soundtrack. Its ... read more
Can I talk about the movie here?

Damn, what an amazing film. Every scene captures this beautiful vintage look while still retaining it's dark atmosphere. Tilda Swinton (like in most things) swoops every other actor off their feet. The fact that she plays most of the main characters in this movie and I didn't even know, might qualify her for Actress of the Century.

This also might be one of the best "remakes" ever, in that it really isn't a remake. The original is this shocking, ... read more
Breathtaking experimental work from Yorke who really builds an unsettling and uncanny atmosphere here. Ghostly piano is the prominent instrument but it’s often embellished by disembodied choir backing vocals, icy atmospherics and of course Yorke’s own ‘one of a kind’ voice.

The ‘songs’ are some of the best Radiohead-affiliated songs of recent memory and easily some of the greatest Yorke-penned solo material ever. The electronic and synth instrumentals are ... read more
Thom shut up
I haven’t seen Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the horror classic “Suspiria” yet (damn you Amazon!) but it’s getting rather divisive reactions from critics. Still, there’s no denying that one of the best factors of the movie is Thom Yorke’s score. It’s a beautifully haunting mix of krautrock and dark ambience that proves that Thom is still one of the greatest producers of our time. It also contains some of his best solo material to date!

Fav Tracks: ... read more
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Track List

  1. A Storm That Took Everything
  2. The Hooks
  3. Suspirium
  4. Belongings Thrown in a River
  5. Has Ended
  6. Klemperer Walks
  7. Open Again
  8. Sabbath Incantation
  9. The Inevitable Pull
  10. Olga's Destruction (Volk tape)
  11. The Conjuring of Anke
  12. A Light Green
  13. Unmade
  14. The Jumps
  15. Volk
  16. The Universe is Indifferent
  17. The Balance of Things
  18. A Soft Hand Across Your Face
  19. Suspirium Finale
  20. A Choir of One
  21. Synthesizer Speaks
  22. The Room of Compartments
  23. An Audition
  24. Voiceless Terror
  25. The Epilogue
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