Cranes, Mountain, Slowdive, Unifony, Ilse DeLange, 1917, and many more
I like it when you listen to other people's music you find yourself in their world for a while. I like that it's a simple process as well. A person and a guitar can create a whole world. They can conjure up something that didn't exist before - Alison Shaw (Cranes)
This week's summer batch contains: Cranes' Population Four, produced by Mark Freegard (a.o. Breeders), Mountain's Flowers Of Evil brings together the live greatness and excellent studio qualities this band clearly had. Unifony II is the 2nd album by Minco Eggersman and Theodoor Borger, and for their new soundscape they worked together with musicians Aaron Parks & Óskar Gudjónsson. Pygmalion is probably the most abstract work of Slowdive, on this album they began to incorporate more elements of ambient electronica into their music. And Ilse DeLange's best-of album, After The Hurricane & More. This week our At The Movies sublabelbrings you, the full metal edition of 1917, the flaming vinyl version of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and the “Green as Grass” vinyl edition of The Gentlemen.
When Slowdive disbanded in 1995 music fans widely associated it with the demise of the shoegaze genre. Their last sign of life was Pygmalion (before they reunited in 2014) and it was, after Just For A Day and Souvlaki a totally different and more abstract album.
Country-pop singer Ilse DeLange emerged as one of the most successful Dutch artists of her generation with her chart-topping 1998 debut, World Of Hurt [MOVLP938]. Recording several albums in the US (most notably Nashville) proved fruitful; both her debut as well as Clean Up (2003) and The Great Escape (2006) were highly successful in the Lowlands and beyond.
From writer/director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) comes The Gentlemen, a star-studded sophisticated action-comedy. The score to the movie is composed by Academy Award-winning audio engineer, composer, and music editor Christopher Benstead (Gravity, Aladdin).
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the Original Soundtrack album composed by Tan Dun of the 2000 Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning film starring Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang and Chen Chang. The soundtrack was awarded at the Academy Awards, Grammy's and BAFTA Awards. The score was also nominated for a Golden Globe.
Flowers of Evil is the third album by American hard rock band Mountain, released In 1971. The first part was recorded in the studio and the second during their Fillmore East concert. Both recordings are great and the live recording includes their famous cowbell-tinged song "Mississippi Queen". The two sides are impressive in their own way.
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic's George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones' Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake's own brother among them. The music to the movie is composed by Thomas Newman (The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Road to Perdition).
After recording their first album with Norwegian trumpet player Mathias Eick UNIFONY invited Aaron Parks (piano) and Óskar Gudjónsson (saxophone) who made the songs even more powerful with their inspiring ideas.
Population Four signaled the first major change in the lineup of Cranes with the departure of bassist Cope. Jim Shaw stepped from behind the drums to take over lead guitar duties in full, Francombe switched to bass, while new member Manu Ros settled behind the drum kit.