The Knick is the best TV show you’re not watching right now. FACT. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen, it is quite possibly my favourite thing to watch on TV at the moment.
But, I’ll wax lyrical about the actual TV show another time. Right now, I want to introduce you to the soundtrack. The Knick is scored by Cliff Martinez of Drive, Contagion, Traffic and Solaris fame. And he brings exactly what you would expect to The Knick:
Moody, atmospheric and not at all what you’d expect from a TV show set in the early 1900s. The opening track on the album, Son of Placenta Previa, sets the tone for the whole album.
The score matches Steven Soderbergh’s style of directing to a T. And the combination of Soderbergh’s direction and Cliff Martinez’s score gives the feeling that you’re not watching a period piece at all.
The last time I enjoyed a TV score this much was Bear McCreary’s Battlestar Galactica score.