Exclusive: First Listen To Air's Pioneer Score

A subsea safari from the French masters


The latest slice of broody Scandinavian quality drama, Pioneer, is already touted for a US remake. Like The Abyss without all the bothersome alien space tubes, it tells of a group of civilian divers who encounter the perils of the deep first-hand when they're sent to help construct a new oil pipeline deep below the surface of the North Sea.

To add the requisite atmosphere and mood, French band Air have stepped up to deliver a score that is rich in both. There's no official soundtrack per se, but the band has composed a series of unnamed cues for the film and Empire is happy to be able to share six of them with you right here.

Air, of course, have a rich film pedigree. They scored Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and supplied tracks for Lost In Translation and Marie Antoinette, and in 2010 composed a new score for Georges Méliès great silent sci-fi, A Trip To The Moon.

Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air. (Photo: Linda Bujoli)

In Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, they'll provide sonic accompaniment for a taut tale of corporate malfeasance and the kind of well-crafted character beats familiar to fans of A Hijacking and Headhunters. The latter film's Aksel Hennie plays Petter, a veteran diver who witnesses a subsea accident and is set on a collision course with an American co-worker and rival (Wes Bentley) and his company boss (Stephen Lang).

Pioneer hits UK cinemas on April 11.