Overnight is a psychological thriller written and directed by Solunar Records co-founder Caleb Straus and is filled with twisted energy, and an even more twisted soundtrack. The motion picture depicts two lovers, Craven Paulson and Darcy Sky who have weaved in and out of each other’s lives over the last two decades. In a seemingly fitting turn of fate, the pair find themselves in a mysterious hotel filled with tainted energy both natural and supernatural alike.
The soundtrack that completed this movie features a heap of mixed genres, combinations, and guests who help create the tense and all too eerie atmosphere. Utilizing intricate soundscapes and deep, unpredictable vocals, Overnight‘s soundtrack is not only fitting but, perfectly paced in linking curiosity and fear. In the recent release of Overnight’s Side A, titled “Sun“, version of the Soundtrack, we get a glimpse of the terror, and emotion this movie puts upon us.
The introductory track, “Room 1111” is a quick, fear-inducer with the combination of noise and melody offering a sense of dread. The ascension into an obelisk of unknowns rises quickly, and its hard to deny the tension you feel as the hairs on the back of your neck start to rise.
The next track is “Portal” that sees the vocal addition of known other than genre-fluid artist Sam Astaroth who joins forces with The Death of Zenith to build on the tension but, in a way of pushing forward and overcoming the challenges before us. Previously reviewed in April of 2022, this track was the original teaser for the film, and takes musical nods from bands like NIN and Slipknot with deep undertones and low growls presenting nostalgic vibes through throat-binding gulps.
The lingering whispers, curious tones, and haunting lyrics allow listeners to keep the movie’s immersion while still offering up self-exploration. You can read my full review for “Portal” via the direct title link.
“Corridor” sees heaviness come in on new heights, with strong riffs and vicious vocals from 9 Stitch Method. Fitting almost seamlessly with the recent In Flames drop, this track moves beyond eeriness to anger and desperation; a past revelation we are sometimes unable to shake from within. It’s a quick hit track at just over two minutes in length, one that comes in swift like a storm, leaving chaos in its wake.
Following on on the heels of 9 Stitch Method‘s madness comes the haunting theme “The Boy“, an ominous soundscape dedicated to this powerful and malevolent character. This frightening being was Caleb’s first idea for the world of Overnight, and the depiction of his visage seems to nearly match the actor’s (Caleb’s son Liam) almost flawlessly according to Caleb’s vision. This track is particularly frightening, with a low, almost moan for a bass line that pulls us around every dimly lit corner, waiting for the signature jump scare. A hum grows into a whirling siren, scrawling across peeled paint ceilings while harsh keys erupt. The mixture of ambient noise confuses and terrifies, perfectly encapsulating the theme of mystery and fright for Overnight‘s most hair-raising being.
“Shadowville” completely changes the tone, shifting from eerie and atmospheric to more in-your-face and real. Madclock, featuring Seethe, bring realism back into the forefront, offering a sense of reliability against a Supernatural-turned world. The melody fits the Overnight theme with a low-lingering undertone laced in unknowns but, the quick moving lyrical precision spans like street lights down a highway; a taste of playing “what if” on an already horrific timeline.
“Those Eyes” comes in as my favourite from this OST. The beautiful and charismatic blend of atmospheric harmony and ethereal noise create a fantastical image of the world beyond our mortal gaze. Silhouette Death offers an almost robotic overlay in vocal coverage that makes this track incredibly vast yet numbing in emotional expression. One of the longer tracks on the soundtrack, I found myself closing my eyes, listening to it in great detail and depth over and over again. It offers tenderness, and comfort yet, still feeds that dread sitting in the back of your mind, especially with lyrics like “you could kill everyone with those eyes“.
As expected, there had to be a title track or theme to bind the emotion and tension together – and that comes on The Antihero‘s “The Overnight Hotel“. The playful intro almost moves our head-space from the dreary but the low bass of signature jazz hits, and we once more realize how seamlessly Caleb brought this all together. Delicate quips of ambient strings pick at our underlying worry, while the fast-paced track motors forward with a tone that almost perfectly times our doom.
The Death of Zenith begins the closure to this hellish soundscape with his cover of Above and Beyond‘s “Sun and Moon“. Having previously listened to this one in June of 2022, this cover still holds up and is one of the best tracks on this OST. The overall progressive feel, clutching metal influence and hammering down the lyrical dynamic fits the untamed lovers’ conflict as well as this soundtrack’s overall feel. You can check out my feel review of “Sun and Moon” via the direct title link.
“Wastemoreland” by Feast of the Fallen keeps the metal jams going by packing viciousness and untouched conflict in under 3 minutes. A bombshell of fury, “you are fxcking worthless” belts out this track’s strength and tone in one effortless line. It encompasses the horror, fear, and drama in a fit of bludgeoning drums and grinding rhythms to reacquaint us with this soundtrack’s tension and mystery. it’s an unexpected twist but, one that finds a welcome place among the morbidity.
The final track that closes out this thrilling journey is Madclock‘s “Ghost in the Wall“. Between the creepy intro and female vocal notes, this one brings the soundtrack full circle. It’s slower, and ballad-like in its harmony, hwoever it doesn’t shy away from the technical nods and industrial elements. Regret, hope, reminiscence, and fear take hold of this track and bring vivid images with each passing line. It’s gentle yet scathing with bits of bitterness and resentment layering its expression. A perfect track to round out this soundtrack’s journey.
For me, I couldn’t imagine a better soundscape to suit Overnight. From the conflicted lovers to the haunted hotel and its ghastly residents, each track touches upon an element that makes both this OST and the film a whole. It’s as if each character or moment has its signature sound, and Caleb has done a phenomenal job in recruiting the appropriate artist to create the perfect sound just as he envisioned.
You can find out more about the Overnight motion picture via the direct link, or snag your own copy of the Overnight soundtrack (Side A – Sun) via Solunar Record’s Bandcamp link!