Release Date 06/14/2019
Too Old To Die Young is the 10-episode original series directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives, The Neon Demon) and written by Ed Brubaker & Nicolas Winding Refn. The series will premiere worldwide on June 14th, 2019 on Amazon Prime Video, and Milan Records will be releasing the soundtrack featuring Cliff Martinez's score on vinyl in July, preceded by a digital release on June 14th, 2019. Today the brooding opening album track "Naked Guy Murder" is streaming today at Stereogum.
In one tragic night, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Martin Jones's (Miles Teller) life is blown apart, and he is forced into a deadly underground of Cartel soldiers, Yakuza assassins, and mysterious vigilantes. Soon he finds himself lost on a surreal odyssey of murder, mysticism and vengeance, as his past sins close in on him. William Baldwin, John Hawkes, and Jena Malone complete the stellar cast. The series includes all the elements that have made Nicolas Winding Refn so sought after among cinema lovers: stunning visuals, exhilarating sequences, exciting action, and, of course, a one-of-a-kind soundtrack. and vengeance, as his past sins close in on him.
Since Drive, Cliff Martinez has become the go-to composer for Nicolas Winding Refn. It is no surprise that both are reuniting for Too Old To Die Young, as music is a constant presence throughout the series. The music mixes electronic beats and soundscapes with well-chosen live instrumentations. Perhaps inspired by his time in the punk scene, Martinez’s approach to scoring is nontraditional. His scores tend towards being stark and sparse, utilizing a modern tonal palette to paint the backdrop for films that are often dark, psychological stories like Pump Up the Volume (1990), The Limey (2009), Wonderland (2003), Wicker Park (2004), and, of course, Drive (2011). Still the drummer at heart, Martinez’s use of audio manipulations, particularly for percussive sounds, has continued to evolve through the years. In order to match the breadth of Refn's latest project in Too Old To Die Young, Martinez has composed one of his best scores to date for the series.
The soundtrack to Too Old To Die Young is getting the deluxe vinyl treatment courtesy of Milan Records, who has not only released soundtracks to prior Refn films, but who also partners with him for the NWR Presents vinyl series (Ryuichi Sakamoto's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence score, Brad Fiedel's The Terminator score, Disasterpeace's It Follows score, and others). The Too Old To Die Young vinyl release features the best of Cliff Martinez’s score and a selection of needle-drops used in the film pressed on a pair of colored vinyl and housed in a gorgeous gatefold jacket