Monday, April 16, 2018

Exils..original motion picture by Tony Gatlif

The score from Tony Gatlif's 2004 film, "Exils", about Roma people. In this distinctive film we meet a young French couple: he is ethnically French, she is Arab, but both had Algerian ancestors, and the movie follows them after they spontaneously decide to abandon Paris and investigate their roots. The couple are presented in the film as very sensual, and the music and images that surround (and define) them are shared also by the viewer. The film touches on some interesting ideas, notably the not always chosen trade-off between freedom and belonging, and ends with a remarkable extended sequence depicting an Arab ritual of personal abandonment that bears comparison to (and is in fact more disturbing than) anything from 'The Exorcist'.

The soundtrack utilises Roma Gypsies music as per previous Tony Gatlif productions like Latcho Drom. Exciting and exotic, the music takes you on a world music journey that entices and delights.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Night On Earth...original soundtrack by Tom Waits

Released in 1992, Waits's soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's quirky Night on Earth is built around a recurrent theme reminiscent of Rain Dogs and manipulated into moods that reflect the cities in which the movie's various stories are told. Banjo and accordion are used to great effect to evoke the three European cities. Elsewhere, marimba and other percussion that Tom Waits was using on his "official" recordings at the time are well suited to the darkness and humor in Jarmusch's stories. The two new songs written by Waits and partner Kathleen Brennan stick to the same instrumental blueprint, but have little to commend them to a place in the pantheon of Waits's songs.

  1. Back In The Old World (Gypsy)
  2. Los Angeles Mood (Chromium Descensions)
  3. Los Angeles Theme (Another Private Dick)
  4. New York Theme (Hey Can You Have That Heart...
  5. New York Mood (A New Haircut And A Busted Lip)
  6. Baby I'm Not A Baby Anymore (Beatrice Theme)
  7. Good Old World (Waltz)
  8. Carnival (Brunello Del Montalcino)
  9. On The Other Side Of The World
  10. Good Old World (Gypsy Instrumental)
  11. Paris Mood (Un De Fromage)
  12. Dragging A Dead Priest
  13. Helsinki Mood
  14. Carnival Bob's Confession
  15. Good Old World (Waltz)
  16. On The Other Side Of The World (Instrumental)