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White Lunar

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  • Audio CD (21 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B002HIEIWE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,473 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Song For Jesse
  2. Moving On
  3. What Must Be Done
  4. Song For Bob
  5. Happy Land
  6. The Proposition #1
  7. Road To Banyon
  8. The Rider #2
  9. Martha's Dream
  10. Gun Thing
  11. The Rider Song
  12. The Road
  13. The Mother
  14. The Father
  15. The Beach
  16. The Journey
  17. The Boy

Disc: 2

  1. Srey Leak 
  2. Me Nea
  3. Rom
  4. Halo
  5. Zanstra
  6. Black Silk (Suture)
  7. Brain Retractor
  8. Dandy Brain Cannula
  9. Rat s Tooth Forceps
  10. Kerrison s Punch
  11. Micro Sucker
  12. Window
  13. Daedalus
  14. Magma
  15. Cheata
  16. Sorya Market

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Product Description

"White Lunar is a selection of pieces taken from various motion pictures and documentaries that we have been involved in, namely The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Proposition, The Road, The English Surgeon, The Girls Of Phnom Penh and a variety of of pieces selected from our vaults. The first CD has the big themes, the orchestra and the songs and the second CD is fractured, haunting and sometimes badly behaved."--Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

Accompanying the soundtracks on the second disc are four pieces drawn from the Cave & Ellis archives, all named after craters: "Magma" is constructed from a chorus of Warren's singing, a pitch-shifted riff, "Zanstra" swarms like a storm of hornets besieging a submarine, "Halo" finds pastoral calm in the eager teeth of defeat and “Daedalus” rises sure as the sun, with dewy flute and fluttering piano motes, before a sudden fade. The sequence is conceived as a suite. "Listen to it as you might listen to an instrumental album" recommends Ellis, as "some kind of trip".

BBC Review

Warren Ellis’s greatest contribution to rock music is probably his effortless ability to look dangerous while playing the violin, a deranged role he often performs with Nick Cave’s band The Bad Seeds. But there’s another side to their collaboration that’s emerged quietly over the last five years. This double CD collects highlights of their five film scores – plus a few odds and sods from ‘the vaults’ – and it’s an altogether gentler experience.

The cover shot appears to have been culled from a session for the recent Grinderman project, but White Lunar is closer in feel to Ellis’s other band, Dirty Three, at their most subdued. For much of it, Ellis backs Cave’s limited but effective piano arpeggios with his mournful bowing, occasionally joined by a droning string section, or deft percussion from Dirty Three drummer Jim White. And there are other unspecified ‘musical contributions’ by several others.

Disc one begins with a lovely, tinkling confection of vibraphone, piano and bells from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Things proceed in a sombre, expectant mood until Cave starts to sing the odd, whispered dialogue of The Proposition. And there are six pieces from the forthcoming film of Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalypse novel The Road, which at times recall the luminous, hovering ambience of Estonian classical composer Arvo Pärt.

As the minimal notes explain, Disc two is “fractured, haunting and sometimes badly behaved”. That’s a reference to the jarring coda of sinister industrial noise that shudders into life ten minutes after the ‘end’, suggesting the less compromising output of fellow Australian Paul Schütze. The pieces from The Girls of Phnom Penh are humidly atmospheric, and those from The English Surgeon (another obscure documentary) more unsettling, but remarkably evocative. The previously unreleased material is fairly insubstantial, but works reasonably well as interludes.

White Lunar is less demanding than any other work by these two seasoned players, but in places quite startling in its delicacy. You’ll probably ‘get’ it if The Boatman’s Call is your favourite Nick Cave album. --Jon Lusk

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