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Mutant Unveils Acadaemy Award-Winning Composer Michael Giacchino's Album "EXOTIC THEMES FOR THE SILVER SCREEN – VOLUME 1"



Mutant is proud to present Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino's latest album, Exotic Themes for the Silver Screen – Volume 1, featuring iconic scores from Giacchino's extensive portfolio rendered in the retro lounge style of Exotica from the 1950s. Pressed on 2x 140 Gram vinyl and CD, Exotic Themes for the Silver Screen – Volume 1 is now available for pre-order at madebymutant.com, and will be released on all streaming platforms, digital retailers, and available for pre-order at independent record stores on July 26. The first two singles, “LAX” from Lost and “Married Life” from Up, are available on Spotify now.


“It's no secret that we at Mutant are huge fans of Michael Giacchino,” says Spencer Hickman, Co-Founder of Mutant. “We're excited to release a retrospective of his astonishing three decades as a composer. Rather than just curating a simple compilation of his previous works, Michael went back into the studio, rearranged and re-recorded every major theme from his career. These tracks have been recorded in an Easy Listening style inspired by such greats as Martin Denny and Les Baxter, creating not just a unique and incredible look back at some of the most beloved movie and television themes of the modern age, but also bringing a fresh, exciting take to the beautiful journey he has taken us all on with him. It feels like you are discovering these songs for the very first time: timeless, beautiful, and a joy to listen to. These newly recorded themes transport you to a far-off sunset, looking out at the ocean, complete with a cocktail in hand, providing a much-needed escape from the stress of modern times, and we can all agree that is something we all crave right now.”


Exotic Themes for the Silver Screen – Volume 1 spans nearly two decades of Michael Giacchino’s music, from his early video game scores to his television hits and blockbuster films. The album transforms these works through the lens of Exotica, replacing epic strings and thundering drums with vibraphones and marimbas.


“This album was inspired by the work of Arthur Lyman and Martin Denny,” says Giacchino. “What would they do with the Star Trek theme? Or video games like Medal of Honor? It was a way for me to play in that world I loved so much growing up. I thought it would be fun to create a fantasy world, where this album was recorded back in 1967 and then lost, only to resurface today.”


The album showcases Giacchino’s unerring talent for melody, stripping down grand symphonies to their essential elements while retaining their aesthetic and emotional core.


“So much was rooted in the big orchestral sound, so it was really about scaling it back. The real trick is figuring out the little fun hooks and things you can add along the way. There were no rules; I was up for anything. It was a way to re-engage with the material and be creative in a new way.”


Exotic Themes for the Silver Screen – Volume 1 includes an array of reinterpreted pieces from Michael Giacchino’s career. Highlights include ‘Primordial Forest’ from the 1997 video game The Lost World: Jurassic Park, ‘Life and Death’ from Lost, the ‘Rat Theme’ from Ratatouille, ‘Roar’ from Cloverfield, ‘Enterprising Young Men’ from Star Trek, ‘A Man, A Plan, A Code, Dubai’ from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and a Super 8 suite.


Michael Giacchino - Exotic Themes for the Silver Screen – Volume 1 

Academy Award®, Grammy, BAFTA, and Emmy award-winning composer Michael Giacchino revisits major themes from his storied career in film, television, and video games through the genre affectionately known as Exotica. Volume 1 features themes from titles such as Alias, The Incredibles, Lost, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille, Speed Racer, Star Trek, Up, and many more.

Package Design: Luke Insect

Liner Notes: Charlie Brigden

2XLP $40

CD $16


Track List


Side One

1. Primordial Forest (The Lost World Jurassic Park)

2. Medal of Honor

3. Bristow and Bristow (Alias) 

4. Secret Weapons Over Normandy

5. The Incredibles Suite

6. Take a Hike (Lost)


Side Two

1. Life and Death (Lost)

2. Sky High

3. Space Mountain

4. The Family Stone Waltz (The Family Stone)

5. Le Festin (Ratatouille)

6. Ratatouille


Side Three

1. ROAR! (Cloverfield)

2. Casa Cristo (Speed Racer)

3. Land of the Lost

4. Enterprising Young Men (Star Trek)

6. Married Life (Up)

7. Let Me In


Side Four

1. LAX (Lost)

2. The Turbomater (Cars 2)

3. A Man, A Plan, A Code, Dubai (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol)

4. Monte Carlo

5. Super 8 Suite



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