A Score For Darling is the (rather self-aware in terms of title) soundtrack to Birgitte Staermose’s film Darling, an emotionally potent tale of a dancer’s life. Erik K Skodvin and Rauelsson, both presenting their first ever soundtrack work here, have done an impressive job, drawing on the additional talents of Christophe Berg and Anne Muller to expand their instrumentation. Vinyl release on Sonic Pieces.
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So here's 'A Score for Darling', which is -- spoiler -- a scored soundtrack to a film called Darling, an apparently emotionally raw tale about the life of a dancer. It's on the ever-reliable Sonic Pieces who love these slightly austere, reverential semi-orchestral soundbites; they've certainly pulled out the usual stops presentation-wise: check out that laser-cut sleeve with teeny tiny rectangular shapettes arranged in a sort-of diamond formation. Anyway, the music which was composed and produced for the record by Erik K Skodvin and Raul Pastor Medall is a sombre affair, rich in low-end cello and violin timbres -- courtesy of ace musicians Anne Mueller and Christoph Berg respectively.
Some dark passages in the film (sadly not provided) likely accompany the foreboding atmospheres evoked by acoustic drones, swooping bows and rumbling electronic dissonance. It's a very filmic experience indeed, listening to this record. Sounds ebb and flow like swelling oceans -- taking turns to brood, throb and brood throbbingly in harmony with the tense nature of the drama unfolding at this AppleMac keyboard. Will Jamie finish his four reviews in his allotted time? Flip the LP over and listen to side B to find out more.
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