Australian composer/musician Anthony Pateras created this absorbing
music for a film made by director/writer Eron Sheehan. I have not seen
the movie but understand it to be a "psychological thriller". As a
soundtrack, however, it is more than able to stand up on its own two feet
and be appreciated for its singular merits. It's a pretty creepy affair.
Scored for a small ensemble of piano, strings, woodwind, brass and additional
electronic interventions the music has a suffocating quality; the stuff of
dreams one might wish not to remember. These are sounds which were born in
the darkest, dustiest corners of the human imagination. I surmise that many of
the images they were designed to accompany would not make comfortable viewing.
'River Elbe', for example shivers in a landscape of haunting glissandi and
half-heard distant chimes presaging some ambiguous but unspeakable truth;
the skittering rhythms of 'Milk & Mice' shift from left to right like shadows
darting to and fro in some dank, crumbling basement; 'Fahrschein Bitte's
brooding bass drone suggests some dastardly machine whose sole function is to
suck all the goodness out of the world and 'Burton's Syndrome' crackles and
pulses around a succession of brittle, piano arpeggios and icy distortion.
Uncomfortable listening? Well, yes. Gripping entertainment? Most definitely so!
Cautiously (but Very Highly) Recommended.