From multi-instrumentalist and general muso whiz Guy Bartell comes this fourth album Turksib by Bronnt Industries Kapital. The soundtrack to the British Film Institute's examination of Soviet propaganda’s influence of British filmmaking titled From Turksib to Nightmail. Coming from the place where man meets machine on the harsh Siberian tundra. Vinyl.
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How many times can you listen to a record before you get put off it forever? I’ve just listened to a track off the new Viet Cong album 6 times in a row. Better stop.
This Bronnt Industries Kapital album was played by Kim in the office everyday for 2 weeks. At first we all loved the record but by the final play a plot was hatched to hide it from her. That doesn’t make it a bad record, in fact if you were listening to it for the first, fourth or fifth time you will find much in it to enjoy. It’s a soundtrack to the British Film Institute's examination of Soviet propaganda’s influence of British filmmaking titled ‘From Turksib to Nightmai’ and is a slow burning album full of beautiful instrumental tones using an array of stringed instruments like zithers and dulcimers. It comes together beautifully on tracks like ‘By Rocky Pastures Goes the Produce of the Land’ where skittering drums and organs combine to create an almost instrumental hip-hop vibe that’s not altogether far away from DJ Shadow territory.
At times the unusual instrumentation and the modern day electronica influenced composition combines perfectly as on ‘The Tombs of the East Stand Sentry’ which re-appears later as ‘Alma Ata’ with added warm bass notes. The soundtrack is nicely varied, ‘In Dust and Heat, The Dour Land is Broken’ uses Philip Glass style staccato keys with kraut like pulsing percussion though some of the very best work is saved for the final side, firstly ‘The Train’ is aptly titled with its ethnic percussion driven along by dulcimer plucks and the final krauty drone of ‘Forward-The Machines’ which sounds like something Geoff Barrow (Beak/Portishead) might knock up in his spare time - Can-like, trance like piece breaking down into music box interludes. A beautifully realised soundtrack, just remember to play it sparingly.
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