Quite understandably, much more has been made of the casting, story focus, and aesthetic design of Netflix’s upcoming The Witcher adaptation in the build-up to its release than has the music, but there’s no denying that a good score goes a hell of a long way in making a show memorable. Today marks our first real taster of The Witcher’s OST thanks to two released tracks via Indiewire, and a third bonus track listed on SoundCloud.
The three tracks are called Geralt of Rivia, Toss a Coin to Your Witcher, and Hot Shower. Both have been composed by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli, a pair of musicians who have been working on The Witcher’s soundtrack for over a year. They’ve previously collaborated together on other projects, too, including The Romanoffs, and The Mist.
Geralt of Rivia is set to be one of the show’s central pieces of music, played in both the title sequence and throughout the show in various arrangements depending on the tone of the scene. I found it quite interesting that there’s a definite The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt vibe with this one. That same style of wailing, tribal vocals is present, as is there a similar range of instruments.
Curiously, though, the composers claim they didn’t research the older music associated with “The Witcher” franchise while composing music for the Netflix series.
The next track shared by the composers is called Toss a Coin to Your Witcher, and it’s a much more light-hearted affair. This is a track that Ostinelli likened to a tune one might expect to hear in a tavern. It’s performed by Joey Batey, who plays the bar Jaskier (Dandelion).
There’s also a third track I found on the pair’s SoundCloud page but wasn’t featured in Indiewire’s article. It’s called Hot Shower. There’s no additional information provided in regards to which context or scene it’ll be played, but it makes for interesting listening anyway. I’m thinking this is some sort of ambient backing for a spooky scene.
In related The Witcher Netflix news, a recent trailer breakdown featuring showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich and executive producer Tomek Baginski is well worth a watch.
Elsewhere, and disappointingly, CD Projekt Red has confirmed we aren’t getting a The Witcher Tales sequel to Thronebreaker. Boo!