Suspiria (2018 soundtrack)

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Soundtrack album for Suspiria by
Released26 October 2018
  • Thom Yorke
  • Sam Petts-Davies
Thom Yorke chronology
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
Singles from Suspiria
  1. "Suspirium"
    Released: 4 September 2018
  2. "Has Ended"
    Released: 3 October 2018
  3. "Volk"
    Released: 10 October 2018
  4. "Open Again"
    Released: 17 October 2018
  5. "Unmade"
    Released: 25 October 2018
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB+[3]
Consequence of SoundB[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
The Independent4/5 stars[6]
Mojo5/5 stars[7]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[10]

Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film) is a soundtrack album by Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, written for the 2018 horror film Suspiria and released on 26 October 2018 by XL Records. It was produced by Yorke and Sam Petts-Davies. Suspiria is Yorke's first feature film soundtrack, and incorporates instrumental tracks, interludes, and songs. One track, "Suspirium", was shortlisted for the 2019 Academy Award for Best Original Song.


Suspiria is Yorke's first feature film soundtrack. He had previously written music for short films produced by the fashion label Rag & Bone[12][13] and a 2015 production of the play Old Times by the Roundabout Theater Company.[14] He was approached to score the 1999 film Fight Club, but declined as he was recovering from the stress of promoting Radiohead's album OK Computer.[15] Yorke initially refused the Suspiria offer, but accepted after months of requests from the director, Luca Guadagnino.[16]


Yorke decided it would be pointless to replicate or reference the soundtrack of the original Suspiria by Goblin.[17] Instead, he cited inspiration from the 1982 Blade Runner soundtrack,[18] musique concrète artists such as Pierre Henry,[16] modern electronic artists such as James Holden,[16] and music from the film's 1977 Berlin setting,[19] including krautrock acts such as Faust and Can.[17]

The album took about a year and a half to create.[17] It features the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir,[20] which previously appeared on Radiohead's 2016 album A Moon Shaped Pool.[21] Yorke's teenage son Noah played drums on "Has Ended" and "Volk".[17] Much of the score was completed prior to the film shoot, which allowed Guadagnino to play it on set during filming.[22]

Yorke wrote sketches on piano while reading the script and viewing rushes.[17] He likened his approach to the film composer Ennio Morricone, whom Yorke felt structured melodies similarly to pop songs.[17] He said: "There's a way of repeating in music that can hypnotise. I kept thinking to myself that it's a form of making spells. So when I was working in my studio I was making spells. I know it sounds really stupid, but that's how I was thinking about it."[19] He said he enjoyed working for commission, which motivated him to explore musical ideas he otherwise would not have discovered.[17]

Yorke did not write lyrics that followed the film narrative, but was conscious of the scenes the songs would be used in.[17] He described the lyrics as political, influenced by discourse surrounding President Donald Trump and Brexit, which "got tied up with" scenes of marching soldiers in the film.[17][23]


Suspiria comprises instrumental tracks, interludes, and songs, incorporating instruments such as piano, guitar, flute, drums, and modular synthesisers.[24] "Suspirium" is a piano waltz with flute and sparse production. "Has Ended" is a "slow-creeping groove" with droning keyboards, a dub-like bassline, and time-stretched piano.[17] "Volk" is a "tension-filled" instrumental with "buzzy" white noise and "cacophonic" rhythms.[25]

Promotion and release[edit]

The Suspiria soundtrack was released on 26 October 2018 by XL Records.[20] It was preceded by five promotional singles: "Suspirium",[16] "Has Ended",[26] "Open Again",[27] "Volk",[25] and "Unmade".[28] XL held free listening events in cities around the world in September; fans could enter a lottery by email.[29] In October, Yorke performed three songs from the soundtrack for BBC 6 Music.[30]

A limited vinyl EP of additional tracks, Suspiria Limited Edition Unreleased Material, is due for release on 22 February 2019.[31]


"Suspirium" is shortlisted for the 2019 Academy Award for Best Original Song.[32]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Thom Yorke.

Disc one
1."A Storm That Took Everything"1:47
2."The Hooks"3:18
4."Belongings Thrown in a River"1:27
5."Has Ended"4:56
6."Klemperer Walks"1:38
7."Open Again"2:49
8."Sabbath Incantation"3:06
9."The Inevitable Pull"1:36
10."Olga's Destruction (Volk Tape)"2:58
11."The Conjuring of Anke"2:16
12."A Light Green"1:48
14."The Jumps"2:38
Total length:38:05
Disc two
2."The Universe Is Indifferent"4:48
3."The Balance of Things"1:08
4."A Soft Hand Across Your Face"0:44
5."Suspirium Finale"7:03
6."A Choir of One"14:01
7."Synthesizer Speaks"0:58
8."The Room of Compartments"1:14
9."An Audition"0:34
10."Voiceless Terror"2:30
11."The Epilogue"2:46
Total length:42:10


  • Thom Yorke – words, music, arrangement, production, recording
  • Sam Petts-Davies – production, recording, mixing, music editing
  • Hugh Brunt – orchestration, conducting
  • Noah Yorke – drums
  • Tom Bailey – engineering (AIR Lyndhurst)
  • Laurence Anslow – assistance (AIR Lyndhurst)
  • Alex Ferguson – assistance (AIR Lyndhurst)
  • Walter Fasano – music editing
  • London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir – score performance
  • Giulia Piersanti – hands and eyes used on front cover
  • Stanley Donwood – design
  • Doctor Tchock – design
  • Agnes F – design


Chart (2018) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[33] 65
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[34] 30
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[35] 23
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[36] 44
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[37] 40
French Albums (SNEP)[38] 109
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[39] 55
Irish Albums (IRMA)[40] 53
Italian Albums (FIMI)[41] 19
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[42] 33
Scottish Albums (OCC)[43] 10
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[44] 100
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[45] 26
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[46] 28
UK Albums (OCC)[47] 13
US Billboard 200[48] 79


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