Enis Rotthoff is a rising star, a promising composer I discovered not long ago with his latest movie soundtrack album, Love Sarah, released as a long-play album not long ago in 2021. For those who haven’t heard about the composer before, Enis Rotthoff has started his career with an album called; Measuring the World in 2012. Since then, the composer released ten more albums Die Wermessung der Welt (2012), Silver Tongues (2013), Er ist wieder da (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2015), Vier gegen die Bank (Original Score) (2016), Godless Youth (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2017), As Green As It Gets (Original Score) (2018), Guns Akimbo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2020), Lassie – Eine Abenteuerliche Reise (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2020), The Sunlit Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2020) and, Love Sarah (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2021). Now, please give the album a listen while reading the rest of the article.
I have always been a huge admirer of composers such as Enis Rotthoff, specifically working in the film and video game industry. This is one of my personal dreams in life, composing music for a thriller/drama movie or a video game. These music pieces made a huge impact on my personal development, influenced, and taught me a huge deal in composing thematic music. They simply give sound to stories, which is truly admirable. I still listen to composers such as Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, Inception, The Dark Knight, Rain Man), John Williams (Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan), Jeff van Dyck (Medieval Total War: II, Rome Total War), Jeremy Soule (The Elder Scrolls Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim), and John Carpenter (The Thing) from time to time who never stopped inspiring me even after 20 years of my first discovery. Enis Rotthoff, in this case, has immediately reminded me of these respected names from the top of the industry, not only with his compositions but with his general approach and understanding of music.
Love Sarah is a fantastic soundtrack album I had the chance to discover about a month ago. I still haven’t seen the movie, yet after listening to the entire album, I already had an idea about its genre, location, events, story, time, and characters. Just imagine transferring all this information through music, which is truly unbelievable. I can easily say that this is a heartwarming story taking place in a modern city. Few characters met each other through events and end up with good feelings, just like we got used to seeing from Julia Roberts’s movies. Doubtless, there’s love in this story. And I realized that I wasn’t wrong after watching the trailer.
Enis Rotthoff, first of all, truly felt the story and put it into musical words and sentences in a beautiful, heartwarming way. This specific work of his reminded me a lot of Hans Zimmer’s earlier work for some reason, especially his score for The Last Samurai. The overall feeling of the album is very powerful that you can’t stop thinking about it for some time. Songs usually have positive vibes yet go dramatic and back as the story continues, just like in the theme of our personal lives. The instrumentation is truly fantastic. He values the potential of silence, highlighting only necessary messages with specific instruments, builds up the tension, and brings it down again without losing the freshness or the excitement.