LONDON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
a real treat for fans of off-kilter movie soundtracks - the scores
to two movies by experimental musician Basil Kirchin.
British Mondo movie Primitive
London gets most of the attention here, the bulk
of the CD is actually taken up with Kirchin's score for the long-lost
1971 gangster film The Freelance. The two scores
are different enough to stand out as separate entities, but clearly
the work of the same man, they manage to combine nicely, and are
unlike anything you've heard before.
London features, for the most part, variations on a theme
- a weirdly catchy, strangely discordant tune that perfectly captures
the rather parochial yet strangely exotic contents of the movie
itself (a must-see, by the way). It also features some weirdly
unsettling pieces and is perfect for listening to in the dark,
ideally at the point somewhere between being awake and falling
asleep - it'll create strange images in your head.
Freelance offers wilder stuff, with free-form jazz and
mad experimentation that floats into catchy little tunes and back
out again during some extended workouts. Astounding stuff.
CD comes with an 8 pages booklet in which Jonny Trunk explains
the torturous experience of locating the masters and the visuals
for the CD, while the guys from the BFI's Flipside pay homage
to the film itself.
twisted - much like the film itself - this CD is classic stuff
- snap it up!
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