Rocks in My Pockets ****
MovieScore Media MMS-14019
24 tracks – 57:48
Signe Baumane wrote, directed and provided voices for this unique animated film that addresses the battles with depression that she and four other women in her family have fought. The movie, which has played at several festivals, includes a mini-history of Latvia as part of its narrative, and will be this year’s Latvian entry for AMPAS consideration in the Foreign Language category. Composer Kristian Sensini created distinct musical connections to each character in the film; these themes are provided as separate tracks in the album presentation of the score.
Sensini is relatively new to featuring scoring, though he has around a dozen to his credit, plus some television projects. This score may gain some more attention for the composer. The interesting orchestrational choices lend the music a unique sound that falls closer to European animation than standard Hollywood fare. The result is an often delightful work provided ample space to breathe in this MovieScore Media release. —Steven A. Kennedy