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Ólafur Arnalds announces score for Apple TV+ series Surface with first outing "Video Tape"

22 July 2022, 15:32 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Ólafur Arnalds has announced his forthcoming score for the upcoming Apple TV+ series Surface, and has released new song "Video Tape" as the first taster.

Next week Apple TV+'s new thriller series Surface will be released with the accompanying score, which has been announced today and is composed by Ólafur Arnalds. The first preview of Arnalds' Surface soundtrack has also been unveiled, which is titled "Video Tape".

Surface is a series starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Morning Show) as Sophie, who "embarks on a quest to put the pieces of her life back together with the help of her husband and friends" after experiencing extreme memory loss after a "traumatic head injury".

Speaking about the soundtrack, Arnalds said, "One of the first things that came to my mind was to work with the idea of memory loss in the music. I created magnetic tape loops with simple motifs or ambiances. I then let those tape loops deteriorate over time until they started feeling distant and distorted. This turned out to be a very inspiring musical metaphor to build the rest of the score around. Somehow nostalgic but scary at the same time."

The forthcoming score will be Arnalds' first outing since announcing some kind of peace — piano reworks earlier this month with a rework of "Woven Song" by Hania Rani.


  1. In The Water
  2. Awake
  3. Main Titles
  4. Crossing The Bridge
  5. Video Tape
  6. New Home
  7. Horse Ride
  8. What We Had
  9. The Letter
  10. Revelations
  11. We Drifted Apart
  12. Helpless
  13. Face My Fears
  14. The Last Run
  15. Lost Memories
  16. The Past Is The Past
  17. Surfaced
"Video Tape" is out now. Ólafur Arnalds' Surface score will arrive on 29 July via Mercury KX alongside the Apple TV+ series.
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