“There’s a horse in your house.”
Based on Staub and Dan Walser’s screenplay adapted from Greg Neri’s novel Ghetto Cowboy, Concrete Cowboy is 2020 American western directed by Ricky Staub. After the Covid-19 pandemic, the film was released worldwide on Netflix platforms. With incredible performances from the cast, mainly Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin, the film draws attention to the intricacies of a father-son relationship amidst a unique period in American culture of which very little is known. The film is based on the life of Fletcher Street Stables.
The film revolves around the events that follow when 15-year-old Detroit boy, Cole goes to live in North Philadelphia with Harp, his estranged father. He comes in close contact with the unique cowboy subculture in the urbanscape and learns extensively about this subculture that has withstood the violence, abject poverty and gentrification and existed for more than a century, protecting the neighbourhood.
As Cole ventures into the bizarre world of horseback riding and learn about it in a ghettoised environment, the film boasts of a variety of soundtracks that make it a rich audio-visual experience for the viewers. In the trailer that was released on March 16, 2021, Black Pumas’ “Colors” featured throughout. Idris Elba, who is known for his brilliant performances, is a competent DJ and musician as well. Alongside Wavy Boy Smith, Elba appears on one of the songs named “Lightwork”.
Film composer Kevin Matley, who is known for his compositions for The Cage, Us, Kifaru, Against the World and more, bagged his biggest project to date, composed the original soundtrack for the film, all of which is available on Spotify.
Here are his original compositions for the film:
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