Alex Somers is the ‘Alex’ of Jónsi & Alex, and the Sigur Ros frontman does an appearance here as well. Captain Fantastic is a big movie with an accordingly big soundtrack, but there are also delicate and atmospheric textures here: it's something you’d be happy to listen to at home even if there was no movie attached. Double LP on Invada.
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I’ve already played two records at the wrong speed this morning (can there be a law that states that records have to legally state the speed they run at?) and naturally I would have assumed that I’d also played the opening ’New Beginning’ at the wrong speed so high pitched it is but unless Somers has pressed this at 16rpm I’m just going to have to accept it.
Alex Somers is the Alex in Jonsi and Alex and is a composer and sometimes Sigur Ros collaborator and here is his soundtrack to the ‘Captain Fantastic’ blockbuster. It’s made up of minimal and gloriously emotional tones and slow moving orchestral pieces that have that perfect Icelandic sound (and before you start I know he’s American )…I’m struggling to work out which track is which due to the large number of them and the clear-ish vinyl where you can't see the divides but there’s one piece on side one which is truly gorgeous with Somers slowly building up a watery synth notes and adding in shards of strings and flowing piano notes. There’s also a piece which I think is ‘Funeral Pyre’ where Somers users the Grouper trademarked grainy distortion effect over some lovely looping voices and Jonsi appears on ‘Memories’ doing his usual wordless thing over some descending sweeping strings. The soundtrack has a sound all it’s own which I’m struggling to describe using actual words, it’s kind of watery or sounding like it has been carved out of rock or something. There’s some truly glorious moments which use carefully considered distortion to convey a sense of disintegration. ‘Remembering’ is particularly affecting with organ and vocal loops becoming more and more worn before a thumping distortion provides a kind of beat which consumes the track.
It’s a lovely work, it goes without saying that fans of Sigur Ros will enjoy this but add William Basinski and Grouper to that list and you’re starting to think that this could be one of 2016s must-have soundtracks.
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