When they first received their rough cut of Somersault, scenes of the snow-covered hills around Jindabyne, (near the ski resorts of Thredbo and Perisher in Australia's Snowy Mountains), thrilled Decoder Ring with the prospects of the music they could match to the images. In quick order they received an AFI (Australian Film Institute) award for Best Original Score, and a Best Original Song award from the Screen Music Awards, for the film's title track.
For the larger part of its running time, Somersault is very minimal in execution, beautifully capturing the vulnerability and youthful naivety of the film's star, Heidi, and Decoder Ring have captured that youthful, edgy naivety beautifully. Despite the title, one of the most exquisitely lovely tracks here is `Rough Sex', others including `Alpine Way' and the Eno-esque `Electrocution (Hydro mix).
It's sometimes tempting to program out Lenka Kripac's two guest vocal numbers, (`Somersault' and `Music Box'), for their intrusion on the filmic nature of the other tracks, but really, it's all quite, quite lovely.
Instrumental bands are booming in Australia at the moment, with Sydney acts such as Decoder Ring and Prop, plus Melbourne's fabulous Silver Ray, and while they may all have built their success on the past glories of bands such as the Dirty Three and the Necks, there's no denying that the modern crop are really coming up with the goods.