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"This year's best soundtrack"
- David Byrne
, Windy City Times

"film scoring at its best--music that deepens the film but stands alone as a great listening experience" -
Richard Knight Jr., Chicago Tribune

"...perfectly chosen music..."

- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"...shaped nicely by a seductive underlay of ambient music from Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie...”
- David Rooney, Variety

Robin Guthrie will be playing selections from Mysterious Skin at Sugar Club in Dublin on July 1

Director Gregg Araki nominated for a Best Director Independent Spirit Award for MYSTERIOUS SKIN - 11/30/05


MYSTERIOUS SKIN music featured in New Yorker article - 6/27/05

MYSTERIOUS SKIN selected to screen at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival

"This year’s best soundtrack is from the film Mysterious Skin." - David Byrne,
Windy City Times

"...feels like a labor of love." - USA Today

" scoring at its best--music that deepens the film but stands alone as a great listening experience." -
Chicago Tribune

"...perfectly chosen music..." - The New York Times

" mysterious, pure and entrancing as the film itself. " - Filmmaker Magazine

"The work of...composers Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie is entrancing" - Slate

"...tucked into an ambient cocoon of a score (by Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie), Mysterious Skin suggests a reverie with multiple awakenings." - Village Voice

"shaped nicely by a seductive underlay of ambient music from Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie" - Variety

"...armed with an arsenal of hip music..." - Indiewire

"...beautiful hazy-cloud music...a wonderful ambient atmosphere..." - San Antonio Current

"...compelling original score..." -
Falls Church News-Press

"An ethereal music score, by Harold Budd and the Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie, subtly enriches the sense of mystery that lies at the movie’s core." -The Austin Chronicle

"...the movie is so gorgeously shot and scored..." - Windy City Times

"The film has a mesmerizing floating quality, heightened by Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie's deceptively serene score..." - Los Angeles Times

"A dreamy soundscape" -San Francisco Chronicle

"With a score by ex-Cocteau Twins Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie... Mysterious Skin achieves a lushness which accentuates its moods and moves the film into a more artful, not to mention artificial, realm." - DVD Times

" us the vehicle to take a dreamy, gentle and poetically drifting journey." - The Scene

"...captures both the haunting and ethereal qualities of the film." -
Philadelphia Gay News

"...dreamy, tranquil and often really, really beautiful..." -

"Dreamily filmed and scored" - Windy City Times

" a stand alone experience, it certainly has much to commend..." -
Soundtrack Express

"As background music for a rainy day this may be the CD of choice" -

"...dreamy, languorous music..." -
The Age

"Un score meditativo y profundo..." -

"...this magical score coaxes the listener to bring an amazing array of things from life closer to the music itself..."
Bay Windows

"...sweet hypnotic pop that reinforces the interior qualities of the narrative." -
Hartford Courant

"Quite simply Budd and Guthrie have created one of the most atmospheric and beautiful soundtracks since Twin Peaks." - Music From the Movies

"the haunting music from both Harold Budd and former Cocteau Twins guitarist Robin Guthrie...create(s) a lyrical fantasy world."
-Jam! Movies

"....a hip and moody soundtrack..." - East Bay Express

"an entirely original score that smartly captures the film¹s noir, ethereal aspects" - Gay City News

All tracks by Harold Budd
and Robin Guthrie

01. NEIL'S THEMEspacer    
02. THE MEMORIES spacerspacerRETURNINGspacer
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07. A SILHOUETTE spacerspacerAPPROACHESspacer
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Cocteau Twins guitarist Robin Guthrie and legendary composer Harold Budd team to create a meditative, ambient soundtrack to writer-director Gregg Araki's critically-acclaimed new drama MYSTERIOUS SKIN. Their sparse, tonal music reflects the contemplative journey of troubled boyhood friends Neil (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Brian (Brady Corbet), whose lives as young adults weave them down a slippery and dangerous path of self-discovery.

Since the 1960's,
Harold Budd has established himself as a premiere composer, expanding the realm of avant-garde minimalism. He has collaborated extensively with Brian Eno, releasing several records on Eno's Opal Records and the Eno-affiliated EG Records. Budd worked alongside Robin Guthrie on several albums in the mid 1980's, including the Cocteau Twins' The Moon and The Melodies, and Budd's masterpiece The White Arcades. Guthrie was then also creating a musical stir in his own right as lead guitarist of the Cocteau Twins. His music captured a dreamy, layered guitar sound that impacted the indie rock scene, and inspired the sound of countless artists to follow. In addition to Guthrie's work in the Cocteau Twins, his band Violet Indiana and his solo albums, he has produced and appeared on albums by artists including Ian McCulloch, Lush, Felt and This Mortal Coil.

MYSTERIOUS SKIN has been hailed by critics as writer-director Gregg Araki's finest film to date. Since 1987, Araki has written, directed, and produced many controversial and edgy films, exploring and dissecting the strange currencies of sexual relationships. Araki's films have garnered numerous awards and nominations, and his credits include SPLENDOR, THE DOOM GENERATION, NOWHERE and his upcoming crEEEEps!

Based on the novel by
Scott Heim, MYSTERIOUS SKIN was selected to screen at the Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, London and Venice Film Festivals. The film stars Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue and Michelle Trachtenberg, and is produced by Antidote Films and Desperate Pictures, and distributed by Tartan Films and TLA Releasing.

The film is now on DVD.