tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

10/12/2016 : STEVEN BROWN - Music For Film and Theatre

STEVEN BROWN

Music For Film and Theatre

MusicCD
ExperimentalNeoclassical

[90/100]   

Les Disques Du Crépuscule
10/12/2016, Didier BECU

Understandably, many plaudits have been aimed at Tuxedomoon's flamboyant catalogue in recent years and with their involvement in the forthcoming Blue Velvet Revisited project and anniversary shindigs celebrating their iconic Half-Mute album, those positive reviews may keep on coming.

A pity then that solo releases by the various band-members often go unnoticed by both UK press and media, a travesty when most of the musicians' lone outings are worthy of shelling out for at best or a cursory listen at worst. So aside from Blaine L. Reininger's virtuoso violin-powered art-rock and theatrical soundtracks, Peter Principle's left-field avant-garde and Winston Tong's discofied electro-pop, there have been numerous outings from co-founding pianist and singer Steven Brown. Most have appeared on European labels such as Sub Rosa, Crammed Discs and Les Disques du Crepuscule, so it's entirely fitting that the latter has seen fit to round up the man's mostly-instrumental releases for a sprawling double anthology. Tux fans will be delighted to note that members of the band feature on a portion of these selections.

Comprising thirty-three tracks, Music For Film and Theatre builds on the concept of the similarly-named LP originally issued on Crepuscule in 1989. That album is represented here in its entirety, save for the Homage to Chinatown (which has already appeared on the Moving Soundtracks compilation a few years ago), plus there are selections from one-act play Zoo Story, a ballet entitled La Grâce du Tombeur, a documentary, an intimate biography, a film and a dance-piece. Brown has done anything but rest on his laurels - he has also issued a few pop-orientated song albums - hence this timely and concise 'best of'.

As with the composer's choice of subject, Brown's musical style cannot be pinned down to one genre. On Zoo Story, he brings his U.S. homeland influences to the table, of TVs blaring in tenements, of busy downtown sidewalks, of dank deserted subways and metros, an uneasy twilight and strangers in the night. For La Grâce du Tombeur, he explores percussion, music-hall, big-band jazz and smoky blues to capture the myth of Icarus.

But it's the second half of disc one that holds sway musically. Simplistic little vignettes performed with minimal electronics and atmospheric treatments, accompanied by Brown's sweet sax and sweeping string arrangements (produced by Gilles Martin), you could be excused for thinking The Harbour was recorded by The The or Ennio Morricone or Modern Times was originally scored by Erik Satie for a musical box.

Tuxedomoon's own music has been adapted for the pretty Cage Muzak while La Vie est Belle could soundtrack the end credits to a swish French drama. With the exception of the latter, most of this poignant music was used for a biographical film on the life of Jean-Gina B, a male Belgian naval-officer who spent his final two decades living as a woman.

Clearly talented beyond the realms of merely writing music for soundtracks on a whim, Music For Film and Theatre showcases one of new wave's most underrated artists and musicians of our time. Cinematic, empathic and unique.

This review also appeared also on Flipside Reviews.

Didier BECU
10/12/2016


 

Next reviews
RADIOHEAD • A Moon Shaped Pool
ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF (+ CHANTAL ACDA) • (Gent, Sint-Jacobskerk, 13/05/2016)
SOFT CELL • Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
SHIVERBURN • Road To Somewhere
BEYOND SOUL • Passion Black Dimension
HONEYMOON COWBOYS • Still
YOUFF, RUMOURS, ONMENS • Gent, 019 (14/05/2015)
COCAINE PISS/SPLIT V/A • Cosmic Bullshit + Sex Weirdo’s
BETH ORTON • Kidsticks
CRUISE (CTRL) • Let's Rock

 

Same combination of genres: EXPERIMENTAL + NEOCLASSICAL
JO QUAIL • Jo Quail meets Barbara Hepworth in Remagen, 11.08.2016
DANIEL BARBIERO & CRISTIANO BOCCI • Vόστος
BROWN REINIGER BODSON • Clear Tears, Troubled Waters
QLAY • The Swan the Horse and the Black Matter
PIETER NOOTEN • Haven

 

Same genre: EXPERIMENTAL
HA:PEOPLE 355 • One Bear, Two Bicycles And One Xylophone
ABYSS X • Pleasures Of The Bull
MIRLAND/LARSEN • Disturbia
PARADE GROUND • Sanctuary
THE TEAR GARDEN • The Brown Acid Caveat
BRAND NEW • Science Fiction
THE PHYSICS HOUSE BAND • Mercury Fountain
HAUSCHKA • Live in the AB, Brussels | 07.04.2017
DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO & ALEXANDER HACKE • Perseverantia
LILIUM SOVA • Lost Between Mounts and Dales/Set Adrift in the Flood of People

 

Same genre: NEOCLASSICAL
ILLUMININE | WOUTER DEWIT • Cultuurcentrum Mechelen | 27.10.2017
ALICE IN NEVERLAND • L'ile aux Trésors
STERNLUMEN • Sternlumen
ATARAXIA • Deep Blue Firmanent
RUMMELSNUFF & ASBACH • Rummelsnuff & Asbach
BRUNO BAVOTA • Out Of The Blue
CARLO DE FILIPPO • Di Indomito Incanto
MIKE OLDFIELD • The 1984 Suite
PASCAL PINON • Sundur
EGOR GRUSHIN • Once

Music reviews

01
09
A SLICE OF LIFE
Restless
31
08
DICEPEOPLE
One From Many
30
08
VARIOUS
ALCATRAZ METAL FESTIVAL 2018 10-12th August, Kortrijk, Belgium
28
08
LEAETHER STRIP
World Molæster
27
08
EUROPEAN GHOST
Collections Of Shadows
09
08
RAT SCABIES
Rat Scabies - P.H.D.

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

23
09
The electronic einzelgänger TRUE ZEBRA releases 123
22
09
Today it’s been exactly 26 years since Nine Inch Nails released Broken (EP)
21
09
Today: Russian dark-electro over Brussels!
16
09
Diane Grace releases first of three videos, 'Wedding', taken from their new EP 'Pan!c'!
15
09
Dead High Wire release their debut single ‘Pray For Us’!
14
09
HOLYGRAM as support for VNV NATION - NOIR TOUR

Concert reviews

14
08
WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN
Review from WGT 2018, Leipzig, Germany
10
08
GOLDEN EARRING + THE KIDS
Live at Zulzeekse Feesten, Kluisbergen - Belgium - 28.07.2018
16
07
COVENANT W/ STONEBURNER
Live @ Ivy Smokehouse, Washington DC, 15th April 2018
24
05
LES NEGRESSES VERTES
Live at De Casino, Sint-Niklaas - Belgium - 05.05.2018
19
04
SCORPIONS
Live at Vorst Nationaal - Belgium - 04.04.2018
19
03
FEVER RAY
Live @ AB - Brussels - 15.03.2018

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

06
09
STRONG PRODUCT, 0KONTROL
What RUSSIAN EBM and ATOMWAVE are all about
04
09
SOPHYA
Luckily The Human Being Is Bored Easily And Vinyl Saved The Day
01
09
DEAD ASTROPILOTS
There Is Also Something Related To Decay That We Love With Vinyl Records
11
08
MICK HARVEY
Interview with Mick Harvey (The Boys Next Door, The Birthday Party, Crime & the City Solution, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey)
07
08
RAT SCABIES (EX THE DAMNED)
'I never planned to make a solo record... It was something I was doing for fun.'

PHOTOS

20
09
PERSEPHONE
Théâtre Mercelis Brussels
23
08
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY
W-Fest Amougies
23
08
SHE PAST AWAY
W-Fest Amougies
23
08
THE DEVIL & THE UNIVERSE
W-Fest Amougies
23
08
ASH CODE
W-Fest Amougies
23
08
DAGEIST
W-Fest Amougies
22
08
KIM WILDE
W-Fest Amougies

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

23
09
KRANKLAND
Summer Avalanche
22
09
UNZUCHT
Neuntöter
21
09
CASPIAN
Rioseco
20
09
LOVELESSLUT
AntiYouth
19
09
ERIC13
Devil's Highway
18
09
THE NAMES
Nightshift
17
09
SELOFAN
Sto Skotadi