9/10 Brian Staff review, 29 November 2013
Many days of late I have ranted under my breath about the unceasing proliferation of re-issued "classic" soundtracks and beg the existential question to myself much of the time: "Is there any real need for all this vinyl fetishism? Just watch the bleedin' film!"
Then along comes Cliff Martinez and his glorious OST for the otherwise fairly pointless Soderbergh remake of Tarkovsky's sci-fi dream and I bite my tongue hard on this occasion.
I could listen to this forever sans visuals; it's a majestic and divine journey begging for full headphone immersion. Never remotely as edgy and avant-garde like some shards of Artmiev's jarring alien soundscapes; this is quite a different experience drawing on subtle new-age moods, shimmering ambience and a vast array of emotive neo-classical washes.
There are vignettes here that deploy gongs and chimes to relay a sense of meditative tranquility and on a couple of occasions this album also recalls Colleen-style, twinkle-some electronica or sublime SAW2 eerieness. In places 'Solaris' resembles a post-millennial chill-time record but is mainly infused with the superb cinematic grandeur and sweeping grace befitting the work of a master score composer.
Many of these beautiful pieces are highly appropriate for a lonely astral voyage and do indeed convey a sense of awe-inspiring, if not unnerving, time and space exploration. A different vibe to Drive but equally as essential in many ways.
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