The Orchard has digitally released FLOWER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which features the movie’s original score by Joseph Stephens (Vice Principals, Observe and Report). FLOWER, starring Zoey Deutch, was released theatrically in the U.S. on March 16th and was the highest grossing film per theater during its opening weekend.
“For FLOWER, I used a lot of synthesizers mixed with live percussion. I played rhythmic brushes on the sides, edges, and rims of a drum kit – mostly avoiding the drum heads, which made the beats feel mechanical and precise, but warm without a typical full drum kit sound. There are some traditional drumming patterns, but I tried to use those sparingly… mostly for simple deeper cinematic drums. I also recorded a lot of music on a Rhodes and then reversed the recordings and implemented the reversed melodies into some of the themes. This created a unique spontaneous feel while adding to the dreaminess of the score. One cue in particular, ‘Let’s Go Home,’ really pushes this method. There’s also a lot of tape delay present, both on synthesizers as well as on upright piano, which added dimension to the score,” said Joseph Stephens of the instrumentation used for the score.
Joseph worked closely with FLOWER director Max Winkler to accomplish what he had envisioned the score to be like. “Max wanted the film score to have a range of emotions. For sneaky rebellious kids, we touched on playful synth sounds that call back to films like RISKY BUSINESS and FERRIS BUELLER; for heavier moments, he wanted the score to have a clock-ticking down feel… almost like a time bomb waiting to blow. He came to my studio and we went through the entire film – discussing ideas, listening to alts, auditioning variations, and fine-tuning things. Max definitely wanted to push a feeling of dreaminess to the score overall. Minimal and simple.”