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- Solaris - Original Soundtrack by Edward Artemiev
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It’s fair to say we love our old film soundtracks here at Norman, so I’m delighted to get my teeth into this new vinyl pressing (for the first time ever) of Edward Artemiev’s score to Tarkovsky’s influential 1972 sci-fi classic ‘Solaris’. Both film and score were way ahead of their time, with a mixtures of dystopic drones and grinding industrial minimalism, mounting dreadscapes full of white-knuckle claustrophobia, with it’s nightmarish futurism tempered by passages of meditative church organ, and even towards the end in ‘Part XVI’ a choir and orchestra make a brief appearance before some screeching shuddering strings and swelling paranoid noise which remind me of that Skitter & Ela Orleans collaboration.
I guess the obvious comparisons here are the future-minimal creepathon of David Lynch & Alan Splet’s ‘Eraserhead’ score but with the organ sections lending it a weighty gothic feel. Sorry for the brevity of this review but it’s 3pm on Friday and I’ve gotta rush one out in time for the weekly update! Fans of early experimental electronica, dark ambience and spooky soundtracks will want to get this one.
8/10 Vinyl Connection Customer review, 8th April 2014
Can music evoke claustrophobia one moment and agoraphobia the next? Edward Artemiev’s ambient industrial soundscape for the original 'Solaris' film manages this conflicting task with ease. Or rather dis-ease. This spookily evocative soundtrack is beautifully packaged and presented. It looks gorgeous but does not necessarily sound that way. My (new) copy had significant surface noise that the retailer assured me was part of the original recording. Hm. In space no-one can hear you snap, crackle and pop. Or can they?
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