“Hello friend”. No, this isn’t your imagination (this time) – the stellar soundtrack to Sam Esmail’s USA Network cyber-anarchic drama, Mr. Robot, is available now for your free listening pleasure on Spotify in classic fsociety style. Its sudden appearance on the music streaming service covertly arrived like a logic bomb ready to crash your brain and eardrums, showcasing the sonic standouts that make the hacker-centred psychological thriller so unconventionally superb.
While the series has gone to great lengths to curate an eclectic variety of tracks, often with marvelous dissonant effect, throughout its first two seasons – including the likes of M83, Perfume Genius, FKA Twigs and frequent appearances by Mozart – it is composer Mac Quayle, who has arranged music for films and series including American Horror Story and Drive,who soundtracks the compelling narrative through his retro electronic compositions. Calling on comparisons with celebrated film composers like John Carpenter and Trent Reznor, the series’ original score follows Elliott Alderson’s hacking sprees with tense, cerebral percussive sequences, while moments in which he is pushed to his emotional and cognitive limits are accompanied by brooding, devastating synth arrangements.
Released concurrently on Spotify with titles that mimic their televised equivalents (don’t let the file extensions fool you), the two volumes will also see physical releases on CD and vinyl. While Lakeshore Records’ CD edition is a nostalgic nod to Elliot’s black-marker-on-blank-disc archive of hacked individuals, Invada Records (run by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow) presents two vinyl editions which pack a number of extras that’ll draw fsociety followers to the analogue format, including deluxe gatefold packaging, exclusive artwork and spray paint stencils for you to hack your real-world democracy.