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Jonas Munk is a busy lad. As well as a massive discography of blissed out krauty electonica as Manual and more recently under his own name, he’s delved successfully in psych rock with Causa Sui and Pewt’r JJJJ. We’re fond of him here at Norman, and we like soundtracks too so I’m pretty pleased to get to start my day listening to this, his score to Danish director Johan Pohe ...

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Searching For Bill (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Jonas Munk
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9/10 Mike Staff review, 18 April 2013

Jonas Munk is a busy lad. As well as a massive discography of blissed out krauty electonica as Manual and more recently under his own name, he’s delved successfully in psych rock with Causa Sui and Pewt’r JJJJ. We’re fond of him here at Norman, and we like soundtracks too so I’m pretty pleased to get to start my day listening to this, his score to Danish director Johan Poher Rasmussen's 'Searching For Bill', a semi-fictionalised road trip across "the underbelly of America". From the off, Munk gives quite an European sound with stoic synth ambience before ‘Car Pickup’ introduces some Om-ish slow drums and booming bass bringing a dusty desert feel to the frostily gliding synth textures.

Through the course of the soundtrack Munk continues to blend sun-bleached Americana and cosmic ambience to superb effect, alternating his focus between Morricone-esque live instrumentation - such as ‘Funeral’ and the velvety heat haze of Link Wray-meets-Earth ‘Bob’s Blues’ - and synth-led ambience ranging from Deathprod-like drones to throbbing, uplifting kraut drift. It’s all beautifully sequenced, though, so none of the changes in style seem jarring or forced at all. I get the sense of going on a long journey, looking out of the window as the landscape changes around me from the comfort and safety of an unchanging car.

I’m particularly moved by the giant ambient swells of ‘Prison Drone’, layered so heavily you keep thinking you can hear snatches of brass, or a choir...I’m reminded of Rhys Chatham’s giant guitar orchestras in the peaceful yet expansive drones. This is superb stuff, full of krauty synths, dusty Americana and atmospheric and tastefully used field recordings. I’m really hoping it finds its way onto vinyl.


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