So can we talk about the Winter Soldier’s leitmotif on the Captain America 2 soundtrack? Because it’s nothing short of brilliance.
It begins with a slow build— like an air raid siren— that climbs into an almost human wail before spilling into something similar to radio static. All similar war-time alerts that are heralds of one warning: He’s coming.
The warnings are abruptly ended by mechanic, industrial clanging noises— staccato and heavy— that tell us that the Winter Soldier has arrived and has come for blood. Continual small “screaming” inflections over the music emphasize the terroristic nature of the track. And then— finally— the music track cuts in as a pairing to the heavy industrial noises that had bombarded us for almost four minutes prior.
The fact that the track is almost entirely industrial— no “natural” sounding instruments occur until the last minute or so— is beautifully appropriate. Winter Soldier’s theme is as manufactured and as mechanical as he is— cold, choppy, and wholly a product of artificial engineering.
And it’s terrifyingly perfect.