The White Lotus aired its season finale on Sunday, 15 August – and fans of the show have taken to Twitter in response to the series’s eerie soundtrack. Read on to discover what fans are saying, and who the score’s composer, Cristobal Tapia de Veer, is.
HBO’s White Lotus finale broke fans’ hearts
HBO’s The White Lotus, the outrageously funny limited series from creator Mike White, aired its season finale on Sunday, 15 August.
The series starts with a death: someone has been killed at The White Lotus resort in Hawaii.
We don’t know who or why or how – but the action then jumps back to the start of the week as we try to figure out the specifics.
Throughout the show, we get to know the hotel staff and guests, in a contrasting display of those waiting tables and those enjoying such luxuries.
There’s newlyweds Rachel (Alexandra Daddario) and Shane (Jake Lacy); a well-to-do family headed up by Nicole Mossbacher (Connie Britton) and her husband, Mark (Steve Zahn), followed by daughter Olivia (Sydney Sweeney) and her friend Paula (Brittany O’Grady), as well as younger brother Quinn (Fred Hechinger).
Then finally there’s lonely Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge), alone on a trip to scatter her mother’s ashes, who takes a liking to masseuse Belinda (Natasha Rothwell).
According to The Guardian, “his [Mike White’s] show says more about class, sex and race because it’s not directly about those issues, remembering, vitally, that to send a message, one has to package it well.
“It might not be a relaxing vacation but it won’t be one you’ll forget any time soon.”
Fans react to The White Lotus soundtrack: ‘Deliciously eerie’
Behind The White Lotus’ soundtrack is composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer.
The Montreal musician’s wild, haunting score gives the show an unpredictable edge – from its sunny beginning right through to its final moments.
Presenting a both tribal and ultra percussive suite, Tapia de Veer’s soundtrack already feels like one of many reasons The White Lotus will be remembered.
And fans of the show have responded extra-enthusiastically to soundtrack on social media as the season draws to a close.
Amongst the fans are actress Sarah Paulson, indie musician Perfume Genius, and Billie Eilish’s producer and brother Finneas, according to Vulture.
Who is composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer?
Juan Cristobal Tapia de Veer is a Chilean-born Canadian film and television score composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Montreal, Canada.
Tapia de Veer studied classical percussion at a conservatory in Quebec.
According to the Los Angeles Times, his band One Ton had a Canadian hit with the song Supersex World in the early 2000s, but after working as a touring musician, the composer pivoted into creating music for film and TV.
A breakthrough came when he wrote the eerie score for the British thriller series Utopia, which was remade by Amazon last year.
Talking about the series’ score, Tapia de Veer told Vulture: “There’s something exciting and wild about it. It’s pretty raw, [and musically] it’s pretty simple…
“It’s kind of chaotic, but you always still get that pop-music simplicity and vibe. Maybe that’s why people get into it.”