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Opéra Mort is the duo of Laurent Gérard (el-g) and Jo Tanz (Fusiller) who are also part of Reines D'Angleterre along with Ghédalia Tazartès. It’s been a little while since we last heard from them as Opéra Mort - ‘Film Works’ is their first studio album since Alter released ‘Dédales’ back in 2014. The record is comprised of recordings composed and performed as exclusive soundtracks to films, originally broadcast at Night of the Experimental Film in Gent, Belgium.
First up is ‘The Potted Psalm’ which accompanied Sidney Peterson and James Broughton’s film of the same name. Like the film which it soundtracks - it deals with the climaxes of human existence i.e love and death. The underlying bleeping synth sounds like a life support machine, creating an uneasy feeling that life at any given moment could just slip away -- a real sense of how fragile life itself is - as though the simple stopping of a beating heart can change everything - because ceasing to exist, to the living is incomprehensible. But the overwhelming feeling the music generates isn’t one of fear - it feels like something beautiful awaits. The second part of the piece has groaning/droning looping synth/organ, avian like electronic chirping and fragments of alien vocal - it’s all very peculiar and somewhat surreal, but we expect nothing less from these guys.
Their accompaniment to Peter Tscherkassky’s ‘Dream Work’ is equally as beguiling. Synths loop with a rhythm that mirrors breathing or a heartbeat layered with deep pulsating loop and an almost theremin like whistling sound that’s singing in some strange alien tongue. Things become increasingly intense and noisy with garbled vocals building into a fabulous, dense, weird wall of sound. Bitesize bonus cut ‘The Potted Work’ comes from the same sessions and incorporates elements of the two recordings.
‘Film Works’ has left me really intrigued and wanting to watch both films, but taken in isolation, it possibly has more give, allowing the listener freedom to create their own narrative. Edition of 300 copies, mastered & cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin. Includes download code.
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