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May 01, 2007

Actually found on film

Writing about web page

It’s amazing what you find on soundtracks.

Look a bit closely at the Spiderman 3 soundtrack past the obvious Snow Patrol lead single and The Killers leftovers (and the trash from Jet) and you find two new efforts from The Walkmen, and Rogue Wave. On a CD boasting so many original songs (and a few good ‘uns as well), it just seems weird to see ‘Spiderman 3’ on the front of it.

The Walkmen track, Red River, doesn’t hold any new ground, but it has them finding their footing again after some of the relative missteps in last (proper) album A Hundred Miles Off. It mixes the relaxing groove of Louisiana with the explosions of Danny’s At The Wedding without veering off to the unlistenable territory of All Hands and the Cook. I was really at odds with the last record, skipping a fair few of the tracks, like I’m wont to do with Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me…, as if they’ve regressed back to going for some avant-garde style over substance (does anybody play Roll Down The Line?). Some of the tracks have grown on me, but even lead singer, Hamilton has admitted to being a bit lax with song selection in a recent interview. Hopefully it points signs to decent new album.

The Rogue Wave song, Sight Lines, is much more pleasant. Zach Rogue might resemble James Mercer with a stranger accent (with the same amount of reverb, naturally), but he restrains the calculation of his words and gives the song a bit more breathing space than a Shins song generally allows. The instrumentation is looser, as the bright chorus that breaks out between the verses lets drums, slide guitar and piano all tumble over each other. Unfortunately it doesn’t build much further, but the journey is a better experience. If you haven’t picked up Descended Like Vultures, you should.

Then again, these bands would never give their best tracks away to a soundtrack, regardless of the film. Right?

The Walkmen – Red River
Rogue Wave – Sight Lines
[Listen to and buy the whole album here]

March 28, 2007

The Science of Sleep

The Bearlet Underground

Last night I had the extreme pleasure of seeing The Science of Sleep, one of the most entertaining films I’ve seen for a while. It’s not brilliant by any stretch of the plot, but the sheer amount of visual surprises and ideas just seem to tumble over one another to enchant your attention. Gael Garcia Bernal puts in a great performance as the innocent but childish Stéphane, and in one of the scenes, he performs along with the rest of the cast the most twee song in the Velvet Underground’s catalogue, After Hours. The words have been completely altered to fit the title If You Rescue Me, and the arrangement more defined and elaborate but the song’s sentiment remains the same. A very cute love song for a very cute moment.

I think the bear-suits kind of add to that.

From The Velvet Underground (1969):
The Velvet Underground – After Hours MP3 Expired

From The Science of Sleep Soundtrack (2007):
Gael Garcia Bernal and Cast – If You Rescue Me MP3 Expired

[The Science of Sleep Website]

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