The soundtrack to David Cronenberg’s psych-body-horror classic Scanners (yes, the one with the exploding head) paired with Cronenberg’s lesser known The Brood. Experienced film composer Howard Shore is the man behind the music, presented by Mondo on green splatter vinyl with excellent brand new artwork.
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Limited grey with green splatter 180g vinyl LP on Mondo.
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OO i’m so excited about reviewing this that my head might just explode. Ha. Ha. Ha. Not even entitled to make that joke, yet again it’s an episode of Laurie-reviews-a-film-soundtrack-that-he-hasn’t-seen-but-tells-you-at-the-beginning-to-make-it-ok.
So this is all that spooky uneasy mood music stuff that Howard Shore-is-good has dreamt up to accompany bizarre head exploders, so you can relive all those beautiful/gruesome moments time and time again on some grey/green wax. Synths, brass, woodwind and strings play ominous chords and elongated nail-scratch melodies until boom, YOUR head explodes. That’s the Scanners side, anyway.
You can almost hear Frodo cowering in front of Mt. Doom in the music for ‘The Brood’ in the second side, with all its boiling double bass and melodies like a Satanic promenade. There’s some great scudding white noise synth spitting away over the first piece too, I didn’t realise that Howard liked to bleep/bloop. I’ve seen a couple of Cronenbergs and this seems fitting music to accompany the fucked up worlds he creates. Apparently it’s Howard Shore’s first, and impressive debut due to it’s ability to move between emotional overture and tense thrum. Sometimes it’ll sound lovely and sad then tonality will go out of the window to be replaced by spidery dissonant shapes. Some quality Shore for..sure?
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