Eagle Vision [Release date 06.03.18]
“American Valhalla” tells the story of Iggy Pop and Josh Homme’s experiences creating Pop’s 2016 “Post Pop Depression” album.
We get to watch the very inception of the album from idea to finished product, and ensuing tour. From the writing and recording sessions through to the eventual critical acclaim that the project garners, it is all contained within this insightful documentary.
The film was co-produced by Andreas Neumann and Homme himself, with Anthony Bourdain interviewing the band throughout the process. The band itself is completed by QOTSA guitarist Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders on drums, with the album being recorded at Homme’s Rancho De La Luna studio – I’ll admit, at this point it does look like he may have been involved in absolutely everything going on within the whole project.
Throughout “American Valhalla” we can see that the creation of “Post Pop Depression” was not all plain sailing and every part of this seems to come under the microscope. During the film Pop learns of the death of close friend and collaborator David Bowie, just prior to rehearsals for the band’s live shows, the emotion adding to the honest feel of a film that does not hold back.
If you enjoyed the “Post Pop Depression” album, DVD of the Royal Albert Hall show, or are just a fan of the man himself, then you will no doubt enjoy “American Valhalla”. ****
Review by Nikk Gunns
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