The expansive soundtrack to the 2015 film Salero, a documentary about Bolivia's lithium reserves. Inspired by director Mike Plunkett's stunning cinematography, composer Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid/A Winged Victory For the Sullen) delivers a gorgeous ambient backdrop to the salt-flats of Salar de Uyuni. Released as Vinyl LP and CD on the Erased Tapes label.
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New heart-stompers from Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie. Need I say more, need I describe the content of Salero to you, a film I haven’t seen? I don’t feel like making up a fake synopsis on a day as destitute as this so I’ll just listen to this soundtrack from Stars of the Lid and A Winged Victory for the Sullen man. A master of drone swells and the extremes of sentimentality, this record should, I hope, work wonders on you.
Backlogged by Wiltzie’s usual lilt of rising and falling drones, these pieces are given extra melodic punch by their slightly quicker procedurals, as well as the odd tinkering melody -- you can hear a semi rhythmic fragment roll through “The Premonition” and a looping little string additive pushing through the odd track. At the very back of it all it sounds like a plaintive mix of Wiltzie’s work and many lookalikes, from ambient bee fan Brian McBride to director-composer Shane Carruth -- but these signs of life, admissions of movement, weave narrative through his work.
Go further in and you’ll hear Wiltzie trying his hand at deeply-felt, piano-led compositions, be they pacey and montage-like or cozily balladic. His fog is lifted in huge, melodramatic chords, newly matched timbres and soaring synths, and while he sounds at home, it’s almost as if he’s lost in the film’s landscape too.
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