A classic reissue of an extremely classic soundtrack for a phenomenally classic movie; this edition Ghost In the Shell is a real triple threat. Kenji Kawai's music for this animated 1995 masterpiece of science fiction is a chilling blend of futurism and tradition, balancing wistful, half-remembered melodies with icy meditations on the world to come. Its theme transposes Bulgarian folk for a Japanese choir, laying out Kawai's innovative composition for all to hear. On top of all that, it's a monolith of a reissue, so get it while you can.
Limited Vinyl LP £39.99 WRWTFWW017LTD
Limited edition LP + 7” + OBI + Silver Foil + Extensive 24-page liner notes booklet, 350g sleeve, Black Inners, Authorised Official Original Soundtrack!.
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Vinyl LP £24.99 WRWTFWW017
Official Authorised Original Soundtrack, 350g Sleeve, Black Inner, Sticker, 140g Vinyl.
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- Ghost In The Shell (Original Soundtrack) by Kenji Kawai
OK I might as well admit it now and get your moans out of the way - I haven’t seen Ghost in the Shell. Oh I know, I can hear your cries of “you haven’t seen Ghost in the Shell??1111?!11” across time and space. To be honest I’d much rather not listen to the soundtrack to such a legendary sci-fi film with some of my favourite themes before actually seeing it, but it’s part of my job to ruin things so here we are.
So, most people will be buying this because they have already associated the music with a gripping tale and incredible animation in their heads, so listening to this on vinyl will transport them back to the world of GITS (lol) and all the emotions will be coursing through their hearts and veins. But for everyone else including myself, it’s a blank canvas, having Kenji Kawai’s strange and sparse score play as if it were any old Oasis record. Not that, of course.
But yeah, the sparseness is the most striking thing about this, so far being mostly steady tuned drum hits and occasional snatches of a Japanese choir singing mournful Bulgarian harmonies. It takes until around 20 minutes for an additional instrument to join, a sort of plucked synth instrument which brings me nicely to the other striking thing - a lack of typical sci-fi musical tropes and over-the-top electronic futurism. That is extremely refreshing considering the context, and boy, do I want to watch this now. The tuned drums periodically take over, playing their spooky distant mantra to space out the climactic segments and they sound so beautifully clear and complex on their own.
What I’m trying to say is that this soundtrack is incredible even when it’s taking time out to build. That is to say, it’s amazing, get it, whether you’ve seen the film or not.
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