The Raid is a hard-hitting, gore-spilling, Thai action film lauded as one of the best action films of all time, and it was directed by a Welshman oddly enough. However apparently the UK and US versions of the film were released with a different soundtrack to the original Thai score which is what Death Waltz Recordings deliver on this LP. The sound is of menacing drums and cutting electronics - it reminds me of a grittier version of the soundtrack to the futuristic German action film, Run Lola Run.
A 180g grey coloured vinyl LP.
LP £17.99 DW23
180g grey coloured vinyl LP on Death Waltz - The Complete Original Indonesian Score.
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For ‘The Raid’, composers Aria Prayogi and Fajar Yuskemal attempted to create a soundtrack that lived inside of its film, rather than one that merely provided an overture to dangle over it. Working with a less conventional set of instruments, the duo instead utilised sly, suppressed percussion and nerve-wracking electronics to create a subliminal sound that felt every part of the film’s infrastructure, at one with the martial arts and endless fights. This soundtrack takes the character's reaction to their surroundings, rather than the surroundings themselves, as the basis of drama -- it moves with the breaths and breathlessness of its characters.
If you like electronica that sounds like it once had big, squandered ambitions to be power electronics, ‘The Raid’ is an appealing score of huge soundscapes being frustrated and stifled; the drums march, but somehow quietly, occasionally becoming syncopated for huge, industrial one-offs. The synths and effects, on the other hand, pulsate with nowhere to go, occasionally reaching for their climax before it’s swiped away from them. When it's immersed like this, 'The Raid' is a vacuum of horrifying narrow corridors, though the soundtrack occasionally sounds too thrilled by itself, with tracks of strummed sunglasses rock ‘n’ roll taking away from the soundtrack’s cohesive squalor. Still, this is an atmospheric marvel: If the hope was to “enhance the feeling of dread and fear the story demanded”, as director Gareth Evans suggests, Prayogi and Yuskemal did some method acting.
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