Augustus Muller and Jae Matthews' fifth release entitled 'The Runner (Original Soundtrack)' is not a traditional album. Rather, it is the soundtrack to a short film, also entitled 'The Runner'. The film, written, produced, and directed by the duo, is a searching horror film, attached to a meta-style "documentary" about Boy Harsher's recording process.
The album includes several distinct components: cinematic arrangements, vocal features, and of course classic Boy Harsher dark pop. Both the album and short film will be released in January 2022. The album opens with "Tower". The only track on 'The Runner (Original Soundtrack)' that Boy Harsher has previously played live, but never recorded. The song is an incantation, with its pulsing synth and Jae's begging vocals. A spell about desire and impending destruction. Jae asks 'But are you honest? Do you trust? You trust in me?' Questions answered by her desperate yells. It starts both the film and the soundtrack with a heavy presence.
Two songs on 'The Runner (Original Soundtrack)' feature vocalists other than Jae Matthews. He allows a distinct sound for both vocalists and really leans into the possibility of divergent genres. "Machina", is a HI-NRG homage, performed by Mariana Saldaña of Boan, and "Autonomy" a new wave tribute, performed by Cooper B. Handy of Lucy. Augustus Muller fully embraces the soundtrack ethos, by creating fictional 'bands' to generate additional content. 'The Runner (Original Soundtrack)' is exactly what's in the name: a soundtrack. At first the shape of the release was nebulous - yet once realized the album is dynamic. It serves as the story of the running figure and her musical accompaniment. Those expecting a traditional release will be surprised, but not disappointed.