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Don’t worry, this is not an Andrew Lloyd Webber recital but maverik Merseyside septet The Laze’s original soundtrack to Robert Julian’s 1925 silent horror film. The group premiered this soundtrack at a live performance on Halloween 2010 and have sinced toured it throughout the UK and so this recording shows a band in supreme control of the material, which covers an astonishing range of styles throughout the set.
I guess Italian progsters Goblin’s soundtracks of of the 1970s must have been a big inspiration behind this project; The Laze display an amazing level of musicianship on the record without quite reaching the unhinged freneticism of a masterpiece like the Suspiria soundtrack. Instead, their combinations of and shifts from komische synths, muscular rock workouts, hauntingly intricate chamber sequences and pulsating electro are informed by more of a post-rock sense of compositional dynamics, reminding me at times of Slint or Mogwai.
The sheer eclecticism of the record can almost be overwhelming but by the close of the last track, ‘The Strangler’s Cord’, with its mind-boggling, staccato waves of Cardiacs-like crescendos giving way to moody lyricism, you can’t help but be bowled over by the rare ambition of the band’s achievement.
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