Soundtrack pick: The Knick

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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.


  1. Definitely a fan of the music – totally doesn’t have a period piece feel to it at all. It made me think of both Drive and Contagion. Looking forward to a post on the show sometime!

  2. I LOVE Clive so I’d be watching this as soon as it’s available on Netflix/Amazon!! I don’t do well w/ bloody scenes tho, so not sure how I’d handle all the surgery scenes. Oh Bear McCreary’s writing the score for this too? Man the guy is on a roll! He’s doing the themes for Black Sails and it’s phenomenal!

    • Hmm, you’ll have to look away a lot! From the get-go!

      No no no, Cliff Martinez did this score. Just mentioned that the last time I enjoyed a score for a TV show this much was Bear’s score for Battlestar Galactica. Which is just epic.

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