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1 review »'Man of Aran' is British Sea Power's re-interpreted soundtrack to American filmmaker Robert J Flaherty's dramatised documentary 'Man of Aran' which explores the day to day life of the people living and working on the near inhospitable Aran Islands just off the west coast of Ireland. This is pretty difficult to review due to the fact that I've not seen the original film or the re-worked version wit ... »

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Man Of Aran by British Sea Power
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8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 14 May 2009
'Man of Aran' is British Sea Power's re-interpreted soundtrack to American filmmaker Robert J Flaherty's dramatised documentary 'Man of Aran' which explores the day to day life of the people living and working on the near inhospitable Aran Islands just off the west coast of Ireland. This is pretty difficult to review due to the fact that I've not seen the original film or the re-worked version with the BSP soundtrack but the press release provides a lot of information on the subject and obviously the album comes with an accompanying DVD of the re scored film. It's fair to say that this is pretty different from previous BSP records and is more of a band indulgence as opposed to a full on follow up to last years 'The Decline of British Sea power'. The music is both epic and bold whilst respecting the boundaries that define good soundtrack music. It's also got a lot in common with post-rock groups like Mogwai and Sigur Ros who are no strangers to the concept of soundtrack music and the various devices it employs to communicate the ideas presented on the screen. Definitely a curious and interesting release worthy of further investigation. The film sounds great, described by BSP guitarist Noble as "...a wonderful film. The images vary between huge drama and a brilliant kind of ridiculousness - check out the amazing foot-wide bobbled berets that the fishermen wear. It's a great look, like a 1930s Irish version of Jack White or Kraftwerk. It's a film that's also relevant to the current era – a time when the idea of living a simpler life is in the air..."

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