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WEEK STARTING 28 Jan

Genre pick of the week Cover of The North Water - Original Score by Tim Hecker.

Tim Hecker

The North Water - Original Score

    “The score for ‘The North Water’ was written just before and during the pandemic in 2020, mostly over arguably one of the darkest winters of some memory in Montreal,” says Hecker.

    “The music was an attempt to add depth and texture to a five-hour doomed arctic journey that charts a trajectory from hardened optimism into abject futility. We worked with a primary palette of synthesizers, electronics, and treated cello, in rich live spaces as well as suffocating dead ones. This version of the score is an enhanced mix of some of the material that made its way into the project.”

    Adapted from a novel of the same name by Ian McGuire, it tells the story of a disgraced doctor who becomes a medic onboard an Arctic whaling ship.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Have you seen The North Water yet? It's amazing - accentuated and enhanced by Hecker's immersive and detailed score. Possibly avoid if, like me, the thought of being trapped in a submarine 3 miles underwater absolutely scares the living shit out of you. Otherwise - you're good!

    TRACK LISTING

    Seasick
    First On Deck
    Delirious Hunt
    Seasick II
    Left On The Ice
    Our First Whale
    Ice Row
    It's A Mistake To Think Too Much
    The Warmth Of Drax
    Winter’s Coming
    Loot
    A Breather
    Seasick III
    Twinkle In The Wasteland
    Starting Over Again

    John Carroll Kirby

    Cryptozoo: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

      John Carroll Kirby brings his talents as a composer and producer to film scoring. His vivid imagination, dreamy compositions, and knack for storytelling with instrumental music make for a perfect match with comic book writer, artist and filmmaker Dash Shaw’s vibrant, fantastical animated feature.

      Kirby’s score is at once deeply evocative and mysterious, evoking nostalgia, wide-eyed innocence, and ethereal otherworldliness. As with all of Kirby’s music, the score resists easy genre classification, melding together sounds from New Age, exotica, library music, and the sweeter side of electronic music.

      Cryptozoo: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is Kirby’s latest album following the release of his electronic-jazz album Septet in June 2021. He will be touring the UK & Europe in March 2022.


      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      1. Luz Mala
      2. Savage Cryptids
      3. Gustav The Faun
      4. Phoebe’s Theme
      5. Tenderfoot Pegasus
      Side B
      1. Joan
      2. Mystic Brine
      3. The Tower
      4. End Credits Theme

      Charlie Megira

      Da Abtomatic Meisterzinger Mambo Chic

        On his 2000 debut, Da Abtomatic Meisterzinger Mambo Chic, Megira channels the optimism of post-war America, narcoleptic surf, and the Twin Peaks soundtrack into a lo-fi masterpiece all his own. Sung in both Hebrew and English, Mambo Chic moves at a deliberate pace, unconcerned by the traffic of the modern world and wrapped in a blanket of Tascam 4-track hiss. On “Tomorrow’s Gone” Megira achieves the feat of being so far back in time that he’s somehow living in the future and waiting for the rest of us to arrive.

        TRACK LISTING

        SIDE A
        A1 Golgotha Rock
        A2 Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
        A3 The Girl Who Was Frightened Of Ashtrays
        A4 At The Rasco

        SIDE B
        B1 Hashahar Ha’ole
        B2 Tomorrow’s Gone
        B3 The Death Dance Of The Busty Hot
        Lifeguard Instructor Babe
        B4 The Avenging Wolf II

        Jeff Tweedy

        Chelsea Walls

          Soundtrack from Academy Award-nominated actor Ethan Hawke’s 2001 film.

          Songs written by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy with the score performed by Tweedy and Glenn Kotche Featuring two previously unissued bonus tracks. Includes performances by Wilco, Billy Bragg, Robert Sean Leonard, “Little” Jimmy Scott, and more.

          Packaging features new liner notes from Ethan Hawke, Glenn Kotche, and a conversation between Jeff Tweedy and Grammy®-winning set producer Cheryl Pawelski “It was pivotal for me. There was a burst of creativity that continues to this day because I took the last remaining guardrails off of what I’d been willing to allow myself to do.” –Jeff Tweedy

          The same year of his Oscar®-nominated performance in Training Day, Ethan Hawke made his full-length film directorial debut with Chelsea Walls (starring Kris Kristofferson, Uma Thurman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Sean Leonard, and more). A fan of Wilco, Hawke approached Jeff Tweedy about scoring the film, and Tweedy agreed. Around this time, Tweedy had collaborated with musician and producer Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Stereolab) for a special live performance. As fate would have it, O’Rourke had been working with Glenn Kotche, and O’Rourke introducing Tweedy to Kotche would lay the groundwork for the trio’s work together on the debut album by their band, Loose Fur. Tweedy also asked Kotche to work with him on an improvised soundtrack to the movie he had agreed to score.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Opening Titles
          2. Red Elevator
          3. Promising
          4. Frank’s Dream
          5. When The Roses Bloom Again
          6. Jealous Guy
          7. The Wallman
          8. The Lonely 1
          9. Hello, Are You There?
          10. Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
          11. Finale
          12. End Credits
          13. Finale (Extended) [Bonus Track]
          14. Promising [Bonus Track]


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