It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown—navigating new terrain and new challenges—the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting.
In the final installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound—or terrifying.
I centered this playlist around the themes of transformation, the interaction of nature and the progress of human society, and of course acceptance.
Generally I looked for songs that fell in the genres of neofolk, trip hop, or were otherwise speculative/innovative in form.
“Conquest of Spaces”, “Spore”, and “Katydid Prehistory” all focus on the strange, other-worldliness of Area X in general. “Wood” and “2-1” on the other hand are inspired by the particular character of the Biologist and “The Rhythm of the Heat” and “Repeat After Me” reflect the character of the Lighthouse Keeper. While finally the Glass piece is the final triumph of Area X and the journey to acceptance that the characters all go through.
Additionally to the more specific meanings the songs hold for me, I sought out songs that utilized repetition or a meaninglessness of language. All the songs also incorporate overtly scientific language paired with religious language that focused both on earthly biology and astronomy.