The soundtrack to the film Hyena from The The. This is a twenty track album, along with a hardcover book featuring exclusive material including interviews, photos, and notes from the director Gerard Johnson. Dealing with police corruption in Bayswater and Queensway, it’s an uncompromising movie with a soundtrack to match. On CD from Cineola.
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Gotta love the level of spook here. As with most Death Waltz OSTs, I’ve never seen Hyena, but it sounds dark ‘n’ uneasy as you’d expect. On this one, The The is main man Matt Johnson doing it all solo, building atmospheres of criminal suspense to reflect the main character’s descent.
Johnson’s usually doing one of two things here. On one hand he’s lazily & hazily thwacking on chimes, guitar strings and synth keys, sparsely placing sound objects in a cavernous echospace as if recorded in a sewer under our beloved capital. ‘The Invisible City (Reign)’ is a highlight from the deeper tracks, with distant distorted washes rearing up and crashing down like that recent FIS record. But there’s also thumping 80s funtimes too, which you reach at track 4 with ‘Blondes Before Bedtime’, continued with ‘Blue Eyes’ and ‘Fear Porn’ but getting increasingly more tense and foreboding. ‘Take Me Away From This’ is a nice borderline between melancholy and impending fate, presumably the main guy’s fed up by now and the music shows.
This is one of the better things I’ve heard come from the Death Waltz label, Matt Johnson’s sounds going far beyond most of the old soundtracks that they unearth. Sorry DW, I was born in 1991, as Ian would say, I wouldn’t understand.
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