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In a most unorthodox technique, Lawrence Le Doux recorded his this compilation without seeing its video companion first. Pure imagination yielded inspiration for Music For Documentaries, as opposed to firstly viewing the starting point of Terranova's film. Its contents are crafted with warmth and heart.


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Music For Documentaries by Lawrence Le Doux
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7/10 Laurie Staff review, 22 June 2017

This release is technically the soundtrack to Fabrizio Terranova’s documentary on science philosopher Donna Haraway but is also technically not. Only 4 of the tracks on here were used for the biopic, the rest are the offcuts, lifted from the cutting room floor for wax pressing. With an average length of about 2 mins though, it’s a wonder that Terranova didn’t use more, but I’m not here to judge. 

...which is actually something that people say when they’re trying to cover up their judgement. Anyway, these are strange little synthy miniatures ranging from simple playful blip overtures such as the opener ‘Cayenne’ to woody percussive melodies at ‘Koko the Gorilla’ and beach-like shell shakers once you dive into ‘The Lake’. The 3rd track sounds like Boards of Canada. It’s a wonder that Phil didn’t press this. 

In terms of instrumentation, it’s pretty stripped back, using only a couple of vintage-sounding machine sources per track, giving the whole thing a more minimal Ghost Box feel. The press pack refers to this as having a level of sadness present, but I just listened to ‘Koko the Gorilla pt 2’ and it’s pretty much as upbeat and carefree as they come. Maybe it hits a doom laden point at the end of the B side, but unfortunately I don’t have time to get there so you’ll have to find out for yourself. It’s good, anyway.


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