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Here's an interesting score on the excellent Death Waltz label, whose classic horror reissues seem to be getting more and more elaborate as their releases progress. This one comes in a lovely thick board sleeve with reinforced edges so it's about a centimetre thick and will stick out like a sore thumb among all your other records.
This is an excellent and interesting soundtrack for a film by one-of-a-kind schlock maestro Roger Corman, particularly interesting because prior to making this debut as a film composer Susan Justin was singer/songwriter/keyboardist for new wave punk group Pink Plastic. All the way back in 1982 this was one of the first electronic film scores, and Justin fell back on her previous experience to make a score which is primarily synths, piano and vocals, however these sci-fi chills are pretty far removed from the new wave aesthetic you might expect as a result.
When vocals do appear they are smeared and masked and processed into a part of the ominous futurescapes she's building, breathy smudges set against cold synth pulses and all manner of weird swooshes and swells. It's quite melodic too though, with the humanity of the piano offset against the oppressive alien weirdness of the synths which deal out patient sci-fi chills which are consistently on target. Another ace old soundtrack from Death Waltz then, just like last week.
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