Here’s 5 tracks as chosen by British composer Steven Dove. His soundtrack The Unlimited Dream Company, for the JG Ballard novel of the same name, has just been released via Bella Union.
Pontiac was born through the imagination of John Lurie who made up a whole backstory to go with the mystical artist. “The son of an African father from Mali and a white Jewish mother from New York…”, so it goes. The voice in this track is so unmistakably that of Lurie’s that I felt somewhat foolish for only picking up on it having done some research on the record (it’s the first nugget of information when typing Marvin Pontiac into google. D’oh!). The song is a hypnotic gem; a looping riff with Lurie’s magnificent spoken word delivery backed up by some infectious and catchy backing vocals.
Harpers Bizarre – Witchi Tai To
Whenever I play this it only takes the first ring of the bells and I’m feeling pretty good, it really puts a smile on my face. It’s one of those songs that if you play it when you’re with a bunch of friends, someone is gonna ask what’s on the stereo. To be honest i’m not a big fan of the band but i’ll be eternally grateful for this one.
Alessandro Alessandroni – Afro Voodoo
If you’re ever driving down an empty motorway in the middle of the night and need a little focus, put this on and turn it up. Alessandroni has a knack of creating a visual landscape through is music, to me the sign of a great film composer and one of the best in my opinion. The whole record (Afro Discoteca) is an exploration of grooves, synth textures and mood, it’s super moody in fact. Dark and danceable, a couple of boxes ticked right there.
Michael Nyman – Angelfish Decay
This track is from the Peter Greenaway’s 1985 film, A Zed And Two Noughts and is a surreal picture set around two brothers, one of whom is a photographer obsessed with things decaying. There’s some pretty gnarly scenes in which you see animals decomposing through time lapse photography and the joyous pieces of music which accompany them create a wonderful juxtaposition. I can’t recommend the film highly enough and you can pick the soundtrack up on Discogs fairly cheap still, bonus.
Oneohtrix Point Never – Boring Angel
Whenever I discover something later than everyone else I tend to feel slightly smug – you’ve just discovered a treasure chest of gold – and i’m similarly envious when it happens to someone else. I’m late to the OPN party and i’m over the moon. He’s so prolific, diverse and more so an excellent composer. I almost chose the track with Iggy Pop’s spoken word (“The Pure and The Damned”) on it but I saw it was the most listened to on Oneohtrix’s Spotify account, “too obvious you idiot”. Instead I went for the beautiful “Boring Angel”, this is what church organ music sounds like in an alternate universe. A minute or so in and I know that the arpeggiators are coming (i’ve listened to this a lot) but the anticipation still builds before taking you away to another dimension.