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White Lunar

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

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Given their output, it’s certainly tempting to write about the shared aesthetic philosophy of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis as film composers, but that's actually beside the point. In fact, what’s most remarkable about White Lunar, the double-disc collaborative retrospective compilation from film scores by the pair, is how utterly “small” and atmospheric the work is, especially considering that three of these films cover very large visual landscapes. Two are Westerns: The Proposition -- which Cave also wrote the screenplay for and set in the Australian Outback -- and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. The third of these large-landscape movies is The Road, based on the post-apocalyptic novel by Cormac McCarthy. Disc one is comprised of the selections from the scores of these films, while disc two contains music from The Girls of Phnom Penh and The English Surgeon, as well as assorted unissued tracks from the duo's vaults. Each disc is compiled to stand on its own. Disc one does so in a way that is quietly spooky and powerful despite the minimal approach of the few instruments employed: violin, piano, bass, guitars, some atmospheric keyboards, etc. Whether one has seen the films orchestrated here hardly matters. The aural impressions are of loneliness, solitude, vast stretches of emptiness, and physical as well as emotional desolation. There are a couple of vocal tracks on disc one, mainly the traditional “Happy Land,” which was totally rearranged -- as all good folks songs should be -- by Cave, and “The Rider 2,” which is vastly different from its instrumental counterpart that's here. This disc alone is worth the purchase price; it stands as a testament to a working method that is based on instinct and careful attention paid to interior space as well as microscopic details in composition and mixing. Disc two is bookended with cues from The Girls of Phnom Penh. The approach here is even more minimal and a shade more dissonant. The use of keyboards is a bit more prevalent but not in an intrusive way. It feels both emotionally distraught and physically foreboding despite the quiet nature of the score. Tracks from the vaults and The English Surgeon are alternated in between, a few from each, then repeated before the disc ends. The vault tunes are little more than bits of ideas, articulated enough so that something else might be built upon them. The music from The English Surgeon, if not more lush, is more melodic and emotionally resonant of melancholy, dread, and even tenderness. Ultimately, this is a fascinating, provocative, and thoroughly enjoyable document on its own, though one would be well advised to pick up the individual scores for the films on disc one as well.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Song for Jesse
00:02:35

Steve Morris, Violin - A. Bruno, Recording - Matt Dunkley, Arranger, Orchestra Leader - Jonathan Williams, Cello - Tom Bailey, Assistant - Mike Marsh, Engineer, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Chris Laurence, Bass - Julia Singleton, Violin - mary Scully, Bass - Peter Lale, Viola - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Sam Jones, Recording, Assistant - Jim Sclavunos, Drums - Martyn Casey, Bass - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Triangle, Strings, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin, Strings, MainArtist - George Robertson, Viola - Frank Schaefer, Cello, Celli Cello - Rachel Bolt, Viola - Mark Berrow, Violin - Sonia Slany, Violin - Maciej Rakowski, Violin - Paul Kegg, Cello, Celli Cello - Jonathan Evans-Jones, Violin - Vicci Wardman, Viola - Nick Cervonaro, Recording, Assistant - Bea Lovejoy, Violin - Gabrielle Lester, Conductor, Strings Conductor - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Cello, Piano, Strings - Jake Rousham, Recording, Assistant - Luke Cave, Triangle - Vicky Wardman, Viola

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2007 Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of WB Studios Enterprises under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd, a BMG Company

2
Moving On
00:02:32

Steve Morris, Violin - A. Bruno, Recording - Matt Dunkley, Arranger, Orchestra Leader - Jonathan Williams, Cello - Tom Bailey, Assistant - Mike Marsh, Engineer, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Chris Laurence, Bass - Julia Singleton, Violin - mary Scully, Bass - Peter Lale, Viola - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Sam Jones, Recording, Assistant - Jim Sclavunos, Drums - Martyn Casey, Bass - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Triangle, Strings, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin, Strings, MainArtist - George Robertson, Viola - Frank Schaefer, Cello, Celli Cello - Rachel Bolt, Viola - Mark Berrow, Violin - Sonia Slany, Violin - Maciej Rakowski, Violin - Paul Kegg, Cello, Celli Cello - Jonathan Evans-Jones, Violin - Vicci Wardman, Viola - Nick Cervonaro, Recording, Assistant - Bea Lovejoy, Violin - Gabrielle Lester, Conductor, Strings Conductor - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Cello, Piano, Strings - Jake Rousham, Recording, Assistant - Luke Cave, Triangle - Vicky Wardman, Viola

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2007 Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of WB Studios Enterprises under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd, a BMG Company

3
What Must Be Done
00:01:57

Steve Morris, Violin - A. Bruno, Recording - Matt Dunkley, Arranger, Orchestra Leader - Jonathan Williams, Cello - Tom Bailey, Assistant - Mike Marsh, Engineer, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Chris Laurence, Bass - Julia Singleton, Violin - mary Scully, Bass - Peter Lale, Viola - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Sam Jones, Recording, Assistant - Jim Sclavunos, Drums - Martyn Casey, Bass - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Triangle, Strings, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin, Strings, MainArtist - George Robertson, Viola - Frank Schaefer, Cello, Celli Cello - Rachel Bolt, Viola - Mark Berrow, Violin - Sonia Slany, Violin - Maciej Rakowski, Violin - Paul Kegg, Cello, Celli Cello - Jonathan Evans-Jones, Violin - Vicci Wardman, Viola - Nick Cervonaro, Recording, Assistant - Bea Lovejoy, Violin - Gabrielle Lester, Conductor, Strings Conductor - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Cello, Piano, Strings - Jake Rousham, Recording, Assistant - Luke Cave, Triangle - Vicky Wardman, Viola

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2007 Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of WB Studios Enterprises under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd, a BMG Company

4
Song for Bob
00:06:03

Steve Morris, Violin - A. Bruno, Recording - Matt Dunkley, Arranger, Orchestra Leader - Jonathan Williams, Cello - Tom Bailey, Assistant - Mike Marsh, Engineer, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Chris Laurence, Bass - Julia Singleton, Violin - mary Scully, Bass - Peter Lale, Viola - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Sam Jones, Recording, Assistant - Jim Sclavunos, Drums - Martyn Casey, Bass - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Triangle, Strings, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin, Strings, MainArtist - George Robertson, Viola - Frank Schaefer, Cello, Celli Cello - Rachel Bolt, Viola - Mark Berrow, Violin - Sonia Slany, Violin - Maciej Rakowski, Violin - Paul Kegg, Cello, Celli Cello - Jonathan Evans-Jones, Violin - Vicci Wardman, Viola - Nick Cervonaro, Recording, Assistant - Bea Lovejoy, Violin - Gabrielle Lester, Conductor, Strings Conductor - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Cello, Piano, Strings - Jake Rousham, Recording, Assistant - Luke Cave, Triangle - Vicky Wardman, Viola

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2007 Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of WB Studios Enterprises under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd, a BMG Company

5
Happy Land
00:01:36

Traditional, Composer - Mike Marsh, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Martyn Casey, Bass - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Violin, Loops, MainArtist - Jim White, Drums - Nick Taylor, Engineer - Martha Murphy Badger, Vocals - Doug Leitch, Guitar

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2005 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

6
The Proposition #1
00:03:24

Mike Marsh, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Martyn Casey, Bass - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Violin, Loops, MainArtist - Jim White, Drums - Nick Taylor, Engineer

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2005 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Road to Banyon
00:01:40

Mike Marsh, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Martyn Casey, Bass - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Violin, Loops, MainArtist - Jim White, Drums - Nick Taylor, Engineer

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2005 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

8
The Rider #2
00:02:59

Mike Marsh, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Martyn Casey, Bass - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Violin, Loops, MainArtist - Jim White, Drums - Nick Taylor, Engineer

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2005 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

9
Martha's Dream
00:03:07

Mike Marsh, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - White, Composer - Turner, Composer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Martyn Casey, Bass - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Violin, Loops, MainArtist - Jim White, Composer, Drums - Nick Taylor, Engineer - Mick Turner, Composer

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2005 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

10
Gun Thing
00:04:28

Mike Marsh, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Martyn Casey, Bass - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Violin, Loops, MainArtist - Jim White, Drums - Nick Taylor, Engineer

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2005 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

11
The Rider Song
00:02:30

Mike Marsh, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Martyn Casey, Bass - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Violin, Loops, MainArtist - Jim White, Drums - Nick Taylor, Engineer - George Vjestica, Guitar

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2005 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

12
The Road
00:03:46

Matt Dunkley, Orchestral Arranger - Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 2929 Productions under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

13
The Mother
00:02:37

Matt Dunkley, Orchestral Arranger - Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 2929 Productions under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

14
The Father
00:02:57

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 2929 Productions under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

15
The Beach
00:02:58

Matt Dunkley, Orchestral Arranger - Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 2929 Productions under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

16
The Journey
00:03:33

Matt Dunkley, Orchestral Arranger - Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 2929 Productions under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

17
The Boy
00:03:11

Matt Dunkley, Orchestral Arranger - Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 2929 Productions under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

DISCO 2

1
Srey Leak
00:03:39

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

2
Me Nea
00:02:15

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Rom
00:03:28

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Halo
00:03:01

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Zanstra
00:01:33

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Black Silk (Suture)
00:01:01

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Brain Retractor
00:01:21

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Dandy Brain Cannula
00:02:19

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

9
Rat's Tooth Forceps
00:02:02

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

10
Kerrison's Punch
00:02:03

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

11
Micro Sucker
00:00:46

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

12
Window
00:01:51

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

13
Daedalus
00:01:55

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

14
Magma
00:03:15

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

15
Cheata
00:02:41

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

16
Sorya Market (Hidden Track)
00:19:30

Ray Staff, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Jake Jackson, Mixer, Editor, Engineer, Recorder - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Warren Ellis, Composer, Producer, Instruments, MainArtist - Gerard McCann, Producer, Mixer, Editor

© 2009 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Goliath Enterprises Ltd under licence to Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

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Given their output, it’s certainly tempting to write about the shared aesthetic philosophy of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis as film composers, but that's actually beside the point. In fact, what’s most remarkable about White Lunar, the double-disc collaborative retrospective compilation from film scores by the pair, is how utterly “small” and atmospheric the work is, especially considering that three of these films cover very large visual landscapes. Two are Westerns: The Proposition -- which Cave also wrote the screenplay for and set in the Australian Outback -- and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. The third of these large-landscape movies is The Road, based on the post-apocalyptic novel by Cormac McCarthy. Disc one is comprised of the selections from the scores of these films, while disc two contains music from The Girls of Phnom Penh and The English Surgeon, as well as assorted unissued tracks from the duo's vaults. Each disc is compiled to stand on its own. Disc one does so in a way that is quietly spooky and powerful despite the minimal approach of the few instruments employed: violin, piano, bass, guitars, some atmospheric keyboards, etc. Whether one has seen the films orchestrated here hardly matters. The aural impressions are of loneliness, solitude, vast stretches of emptiness, and physical as well as emotional desolation. There are a couple of vocal tracks on disc one, mainly the traditional “Happy Land,” which was totally rearranged -- as all good folks songs should be -- by Cave, and “The Rider 2,” which is vastly different from its instrumental counterpart that's here. This disc alone is worth the purchase price; it stands as a testament to a working method that is based on instinct and careful attention paid to interior space as well as microscopic details in composition and mixing. Disc two is bookended with cues from The Girls of Phnom Penh. The approach here is even more minimal and a shade more dissonant. The use of keyboards is a bit more prevalent but not in an intrusive way. It feels both emotionally distraught and physically foreboding despite the quiet nature of the score. Tracks from the vaults and The English Surgeon are alternated in between, a few from each, then repeated before the disc ends. The vault tunes are little more than bits of ideas, articulated enough so that something else might be built upon them. The music from The English Surgeon, if not more lush, is more melodic and emotionally resonant of melancholy, dread, and even tenderness. Ultimately, this is a fascinating, provocative, and thoroughly enjoyable document on its own, though one would be well advised to pick up the individual scores for the films on disc one as well.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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