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1 review | 5 people love this record: be the 6th! Having just reviewed Rashomon's trippy new scores to Ladislaw Starewicz's early 20th century stop-motion short films, it's time to dig into the other offering from soundtrack-homage specialists Cineploit. This LP by Thelema contains 18 short but expansive tracks which offer a sweeping cinematic sadness with distorted post-rock guitars and lots of keys from main man Hans Jurgen, who plays piano, rh ... »

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5 people love this record. Be the 6th!
8/10 Mike Staff review, 02 July 2014
Having just reviewed Rashomon's trippy new scores to Ladislaw Starewicz's early 20th century stop-motion short films, it's time to dig into the other offering from soundtrack-homage specialists Cineploit. This LP by Thelema contains 18 short but expansive tracks which offer a sweeping cinematic sadness with distorted post-rock guitars and lots of keys from main man Hans Jurgen, who plays piano, rhodes and organ with occasional accompaniment from Thom Kinberger (guitars), Adelheid Winkler (vocals) and Judith Fellner (flute).   The pieces have a thoughtful and emotional angle which reminds me of Clint Mansell a little, although obviously the textures here are much less diverse than you'd find on one of Mansell's soundtracks, often a little on the Nils Frahm-meets-Angelo Badalamenti side - earnest and emotional piano tinklings with only the subtlest of accompaniments. The vocals aren't doing much for me to be honest, they're sparingly used, with the bulk of the tracks being instrumental, but they do somewhat break the fourth wall on what is otherwise a very soundtracky album. That aside there are plenty lovely heartstring-tugging little miniatures to be found, thoughtfully constructed and evocative, and Jurgen clearly has a knack for subtle emotional manipulation. Much less awkwardly fascinating than the Rashomon LP on the same label this week, but very thoughtful and pretty nonetheless.

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