When you think of The Beatles the first thing that comes to mind isn’t usually psychedelic indie rock, which is probably why Dhani Harrison (son of the brilliant George Harrison, naturally) has managed to keep his band a separate entity from his father’s famous 60’s pop posse. The intriguingly named Thenewno2 come to us with their 1st the original soundtrack, to the recent film “Beautiful Creatures” starring Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson.
The album altogether has “film soundtrack” written all over it, with an obvious narrative progression throughout; from the eerie “Swamptronica/Voudon”, to the atmospheric “Ridley’s Claiming” and the climatic “Lena Runs to Ethan”; even the track names scream “this is part of a story!”
The thing that stops the film soundtrack from working as a standalone album is the constant repetition – half way through you find yourself thinking “haven’t I heard this one before?” which would eventually get rather boring and tedious (not the sort of thing you want on your iPod). This is however completely justified by the fact it is the score to a film – having the same motifs throughout work when most of the excitement is onscreen.
In spite of the almost formulaic structure of the album, some parts are however broken up with more juxtaposing tracks that give it much more depth. The overall theme might be dramatic and mystical but when you hit songs like “The Burning Sign” and the country and western sounding “The Honey Hill Stomp” it suggests the film itself plays on a more realistic range of genres rather than just focussing on the magical element – it’s not romance and fantasy all the time.
Overall, Dhani and his crew have done a brilliant job of creating pieces of music that that can tell both a quietly emotional yet excitingly tense story, and I’d truly be surprised if Beautiful Creatures is anything less than a supernatural epic.
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12:00-13:00 SERGEANT STEEL Truck Tales (Boyz Tyme Records)
14:00-16:00 DAN REED Liftoff (Zero Entertainment)
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GRAVITY MACHINE Standing Stones (Zyse Records)
EMPIIRES Love Or Hate (TLG Entertainment/INgrooves)
RAY FENWICK Tam Tam (Singsong Music)
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