- Bobby Krlic (aka The Haxan Cloak) is a British Artist, Producer and Composer based in LA
- Composer of the score to Ari Aster’s 2019 feature film Midsommar
- Scored the feature films Blackhat, Triple 9 & Almost Holy in collaboration with Atticus Ross
- Composed the soundtracks to TV series Shooter (Netflix) , Seven Seconds (Netflix) & The Enemy Within (NBC)
- Composed the soundtrack to Honda’s interactive advert The Other Side and his compositions were used in trailers for the films Dunkirk and The Witch
- Production credits with HEALTH Death Magic, Bjork Vulnicura, Goldfrapp Silver Eye, serpentwithfeet and Khalid
Bobby Krlic is a British artist, composer and producer based in Los Angeles. For the better part of the past decade, he has created music under the moniker of The Haxan Cloak, releasing two highly celebrated full-length albums (2011’s The Haxan Cloak and 2013’s Excavation – rated 9/10 by Spin, 8.7/10 by Pitchfork and 16th-best dance album of 2013 by Rolling Stone) and touring extensively as a solo artist.
Krlic recorded the first, self-titled Haxan Cloak album in his parents’ shed over the course of three years using strings, mics and a laptop, playing every instrument himself. His second, Excavation moved fully into electronic sonics, using samples and heavy bass, along with distorted field recordings captured by Krlic himself. In 2012, The Haxan Cloak released a limited edition, one track, 27-minute live recording, The Men Parted the Sea to Devour the Water.
Krlic has worked as a producer for the likes of Björk, Serpent With Feet, Father John Misty, Troye Sivan, Khalid, The Body and noise-rock band, HEALTH. In 2015, Krlic began collaborating with fellow producer and Oscar-winning film composer Atticus Ross on soundtracks including Steve Hoover’s documentary Almost Holy and Michael Mann’s Blackhat. Krlic has since scored a number of network television shows including Netflix’s Seven Seconds and USA Network’s Shooter. In 2019, he completed the full original score for Ari Aster’s critically acclaimed sophomore feature Midsommar.
Krlic’s music is almost entirely instrumental, and is often described as dark and intense, carefully constructed, textured and atmospheric, often with heavy bass and elements of drone metal. Midsommar attests to Krlic’s versatility as a composer, including as it does rich orchestral strings, traditional folk and evocative choral work.
“Krlic’s music – even at its most choking and hopeless – feels luminous, making for a perfectly-poised accompaniment to one of the most challenging genre films in recent years.”
Best Fit 9/10
“The remarkable music score by Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak is also a major contributor to the uncanny feeling the movie creates. Top Stuff.”
Glenn Kenny, New York Times
“At first, Krlic’s soundtrack captures the instinctive panic that comes with the upset of environmental and cultural norms. But as Aster’s characters grow acclimated to their new surroundings, he relieves us with symphonic moments of clarity (“The Blessing”) and triumph. “Fire Temple” is his exquisite farewell with strings that writhe with sorrow, with intensity, with relief.”
Pitchfork review – Midsommar Soundtrack
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