Nick Zammuto’s score for critically-acclaimed indie flick We The Animals gets released via Temporary Residence. Zammuto’s music here hits the sweet-spot of gorgeous synthetic ambiences that one finds in the screen work of Mogwai. There is an extra-tender, extra-fragile, Postal Service-y beauty to cuts such as ‘It Was My Grave’ that is very moving.
Limited Vinyl LP £25.99 TRR322LPC1
Limited edition super-deluxe LP in a custom Yellow-White-Clear March-Up colour mix. Packaged in a full-colour gatefold jacket, incl. a full-sized 28-page diary, and original hand-numbered animation print cell from the film production.
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CD £11.49 TRR322CD
CD on Temporary Residence.
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We The Animals is Jeremiah Zagar’s 2018 film that show us two brothers, growing up in upstate New York, as they come to grips with their own identities. Who better than The Books’ Nick Zammuto to do the soundtrack then? Zammuto’s music has always had qualities of playfulness and nostalgia, always underpinned with the unnerving knowledge that everyting ends.
Soft, dusty synths play simple melodies. Their tone matching the film’s outdoors palette. The album is vivid and subdued and tense. There’s moments of horror and there’s moments of joy, and each are handled with genuine care.
This is a soundtrack whose soundtrack-ness unfortunately gets in the way of it being a great album. There are 26 tracks across We The Animals’s forty minutes and so by the time you start to get a sense of any track, as a track, it’s already gone. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a track that sounds more like the sun breaking through the clouds than ‘Tonight We’ll Go For A Ride’. But in an ideal world that’s a feeling that lasts a bit longer than two minutes ten. ‘Bad Bad Bad’ is as unsettling as its name implies, but by them time it’s really burrowed its way into your heart it doesn’t have the good decency to stay there and really mess you up. This is a testament to Zammuto’s abilities. So many soundtracks are content to be a bunch of transient moment, suited only to where they’re inserted to the film. But it’s so easy to imagine these tracks in other contexts. With ‘Tonight We’ll Go For A Ride’ I already have.
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