Vinyl LP £14.99 DIM008
Ltd LP on Disposable Music. Edition of 500 copies.
I like a bit of Jane Weaver although this whole soundtrack-on-vinyl thing that's going on at the moment...well, it doesn’t do a lot for me so I’m just waiting it out until the bubble bursts and we can all start getting on with our lives again.
So I’m coming at this from the perspective of a lapsed Jane Weaver fan to see what on earth she is up to rather than as a fetisher of re-issued soundtracks. It turns out these recordings were commissioned as incidental cues for a short film by Helsinki based designer Paola Suhonen and were performed as an alternative rescore to Eiichi Yamamoto’s ‘Belladonna Of Sadness’ for various live performances. Whatever the background, these are beautiful pieces - particularly where Jane uses her shimmering vocals as a sweetener to the kind of discordant bell and plucked guitar and distant piano of the ghostly recordings. There are several short pieces here too, all wordless, some voiceless, sometimes just Weaver and guitar strumming and murmuring quietly.
On the other side we get Pierre Raph’s soundtrack to the 1973 film ‘La Rose De Fer’. Based on terrifyingly discordant piano and guitar usually played at the same time, with an eerie sing-song type style perfect for scaring the wits out of viewers. Like the Jane Weaver side, vocals are used as pillowy washes but this time they are sung by a frankly terrifying man. Used to disconcert the listener rather than soothe them they
cough, squeak, holler and whine - and are made even more scary by being washed in reverb.
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