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CUTS, is Anthony Tombling Jr, who created the experimental film Exist, which is soundtracked by CUTS. See what’s going on here? EXIST 1 & 2 is a CD release of the two seperate vinyl editions of the soundtrack, and it's a great listen, full of overloaded electronics, dark atmospheres, and dense climaxes. CD on Village Green.

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EXIST 1 & 2 by CUTS
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7/10 Daoud Staff review, 25 April 2018

In the latest of a string of releases that have been inspired by something terrible, we have Cuts’ Exist, inspired by a car crash. I don’t mean to be dismissive, being a car crash is absolute horrible, and the sleep paralysis that followed Anthony Tombling Jr own experience can only have been traumatising. Cuts response to this was to make an experimental film, and this is the soundtrack to it.

The best track is ‘The Dead Best Returns’, a slightly more timid take on the stuff The Knife and Fever Ray are doing. It’s the pop music coming out your car radio, all twisted and distorted by electronics. But most of the album is very morose ambient music, imbued with various amounts of “power”. Accidents unfold in slow motion, particularly the more serious ones. Exist gets this across well, the way its tracks constructed are sluggish but are constantly in motion. This means the album often drags and feels overlong. But this is only part of the picture.

Listening to soundtracks of films you know nothing about is always a bit weird. Soundtracks don’t need to be engaging without their accompanying visuals, but Exist definitely is. And more than that, it also points to the film, and makes a good case for actually seeing it. However that might be impossible, Exist (the film) premiered at once a year broadcast/festival The Dark Outside. In theory everything seen and heard there should only be seen and heard that on time, so Exist may prove to be too a strong a word.



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