8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2011
I'm a very keen admirer of Johann Johannssons work and this addition is very welcome indeed.
Firstly it should be pointed out that this is the soundtrack to the film Varmints which is only 24 minutes long. The film can be downloaded from the iTunes site as its not generally available on DVD. The book of the film is available on Amazon. It's not suprising then that this CD is short.
The CD is a collection of sweeping 'classical' pieces with the very clever use of sounds, soprano voice, choir and organ. Even without the pictures, the music is emotionally stirring and its no suprise that it reflects the emotions in the film. The soundtrack has won awards and many of the more pleasant reviews on imdb reflect the connection between the music and the film.
If you are completely new to Johann Johannson's work then I would recommend Englaborn but this is eminently accessible and engaging music. Well worth listening to.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2010
This album is a soundtrack to a Marc Craste animated film which came out last year, but has just become available more widely.
Most of the pieces start with piano, but are joined by strings, and in the main is quite uplifting. There are some ambient sounds added in here and there (birds, thunder) but quite low in the mix, which is a nice touch. Other tracks feature skyscrapingly high otherworldly choirs. As far as reference points go, it's vaguely reminiscent of Arvo Part, though the strings are far more dramatic. Some of the pieces are a little under-realised, and finish just when they are getting going, but at the same time the short duration time makes them more digestible.
It's quite chilled out in places (The Flat, Pods, Dying City), these pieces sounding almost Eno-like. Like a lot of soundtracks, similar musical themes crop up over the course of the soundtrack which makes it a cohesive listen.
A brooding, church-like organ permeates Siren Song, giving it a pleasingly foreboding atmosphere.
The album is definitely worth your time, at only 36 minutes it's quite digestible and is both uplifting and serene. Check it out if you like Peter Broderick's classical diversion, or even Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' soundtrack to The Road (especially on Escape).