Vinyl Double LP £24.49 DW014
Ltd gatefold picture disc LP + print on Death Waltz. Edition of 1000 copies.
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- Maniac by Rob
As well as two superb reissues, this week Death Waltz do the unusual (but not unprecedented) and issue a score for a film that only just got made! It’s got a similar deluxe treatment to their recent reissue of John Carpenter’s ‘The Fog’, but this time it’s the soundtrack to Franck Khalfoun’s recent remake of ‘Maniac’ starring Elijah Wood by the mysterious Rob, with sinister-looking mannequin artwork by Jay Shaw. The lushness of the packaging shows that Death Waltz have real confidence in this soundtrack’s “future classic” status, and when you put the LP on it’s not hard to see why!
This is a synth soundtrack in the tradition of the best ‘80s horror movies, but it’s doesn’t have the throbbing tension and shrill shock tones which would drive me to call it “Carpenteresque”. Michael Perilstein’s ‘Deadly Spawn’ and Tangerine Dream’s ‘Near Dark’ soundtracks are a closer comparison, but there’s a modern sheen in places which brings to mind the ‘Drive’ soundtrack or even Kavinsky (but not as flashy as the French whiz-kid - sort of like getting a hearty meal instead of a snazzy pair of sneaks) - or since we’re talking ‘80s influences, the glistening synth magic of people like Jean Michel Jarre or Giorgio Moroder certainly have something to answer for here too. I’m a little unconvinced by the vocal-led final track, where the ‘Drive’ comparison is at its most obvious, but that aside this is an exceptional, timeless-sounding score which looks back at the ‘80s without seeming like pastiche. Entirely worth your time and money.
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