Arthur Sharpe perfectly complements the FLOWERS’ folk-horror with his peculiar score. Utilizing the organ, piano, vocals, strings and brass, Sharpe’s unconventional sound amplifies the intentionally badly-lit set and quirky storylines.
Featuring Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, Nathan Barley) and Olivia Colman (Peep Show, Broadchurch), Flowers is set in the offbeat and messy English countryside. The cast delivers a grownup fairy tale, simultaneously whimsical and absurd - as they deliver sadness and humour in equal measure.
Flowers is a fascinatingly diverse and rich series. Set in the depths of the English countryside, it utilises the strange, ethereal quality of the countryside and uses it to reflect the decaying and ramshackle relationship between the various members of the Flowers family.
Depressed and creatively broken writer Maurice (Julian Barratt), strained music teacher wife Deborah (Olivia Coleman) and their two children Donald - an insecure and overly needy inventor (Daniel Rigby) and goth inspired musician Amy (Sophia Di Martino).
This strange and absurdist cast of characters added to by Maurice’s mother Hattie (Leila Hoffman) and his live-in illustrator Shun (series creator and writer Will Sharpe) are a dynamic which on their own would be enough to ensure that the series is a delightful whirlwind of black comedy.
The series is heightened by Arthur Sharpe’s melancholic and cultivated score which effortlessly highlights any aspect of a scene. Sharpe’s finely tuned ear resonates with the audience and his aesthetical appreciation of musical variety is stunningly utilised in this soundtrack.
From the opening track “The Passage” in which Sharpe combines a gritty and Sherlock Holmesian violin in combination with a cacophony of other instruments to create the sensation of terror and anticipation to the final haunting and uplifting track “Oh Tomorrow”, Sharpe tells his very own story of operatic tragedy and joy.
Sharpe particularly utilises vocals to a great extent in certain tracks – “Oh Tomorrow” is a prime example of a gorgeous harmonisation between instrument and singer as is “The Same Blood” which sounds less akin to a traditional piece of soundtrack music and more like a funeral mass for a Benedictine Monk with traces of Hammer Horror laced through it.
The soundtrack for the second season of Flowers (now available to buy on CD) tells a fascinating and engaging story of its own, transfixing the listener to every single note. By utilising as many diverse instruments as possible, Sharpe injects energy and variety into his compositions.
A great deal of time and energy have obviously been put into this soundtrack to make sure that, regardless of whether you have seen the series, you can still listen to the music and be transported into the world of the characters. Sharpe’s brilliantly unconventional utilisation of sounds makes Flowers more distinctive than it already was – the combination of Arthur Sharpe’s Hitchcockian music with Will Sharpe’s stunning and transfixing visuals allows the audience to fully appreciate the time and effort put into the series and enjoy it for what it is.
The soundtrack for Flowers has a uniqueness that you are unlikely to find with other series. I would recommend it for its evocative and entrancing sound which is distinct from other musical compositions used for television. It is an excellent and satisfying companion to a stunning and riveting series.