Review: A new soundtrack album which features 13 original compositions by the experimental composer Ben Frost, whose other cinema related efforts include music for the film Sleeping Beauty and the 2015 British television series Fortitude. For this release, he creates 'vivid minimalist textures' to accompany the visuals in the new film Super Dark Times. When director Kevin Phillips approached the Aussie artist to write music for the film, it is said to have resonated immediately with him. As a composer, the thing that excited him most about the movie was that within the idea of this period drama was a largely untapped world of to explore. Whilst the sound of the '80s has become a form of borrowed nostalgia for millennials, Frost admits that '1995 still feels uncomfortably close.' He provides examples such as CD Walkmans, digital delays, Intel Pentium chips, and Peavey practice amps as equipment that inadvertently defined the music of the period: his teenage years.
Review: Geinoh Yamashirogumi's exceptional score for cult Japanese anime classic Akira has long been on the "wants-list" of both fans and soundtrack collectors. It's been out of print since it first appeared in 1988, with original CD and vinyl copies changing hands for vast sums online in recent times. This reissue presents the composer's "Symphonic Suite" - unique because it was created as a standalone piece before the movie went into production, with scenes altered to fit the music - in all its' acclaimed glory. Musically, Yamashirogumi's compositions are hard to pigeonhole, sitting somewhere between semi-synthesized percussive minimalism, new age inspired ambient, layered vocal improvisations and electronic experimental jazz. From start to finish, it's utterly beguiling and almost mesmerizing in its construction.