Monday, September 26, 2016


At long last, the deluxe and expanded edition of my rework of the score for one of my very favorite films, Jim Jarmsuch's ode to existential ennui, Only Lovers Left Alive.  I always intended to do a "deluxe" version of this release but had to wait for the blu-ray to become available.
The expanded edition includes six new ambient compositions created from elements of the score, never before heard or released.  It also includes a "Totality" noise recording of the film's entire audio track on DVD-R.
This released is packaged in my usual "deluxe" style, with each composition given its own disc and packaging, utilizing my favorite images from the film (again, very difficult to choose just 42, as they're all gorgeous.)  All of the screengrabs were done by me personally from a blu-ray version of the film.

"There was no film I was more excited for over the last two years than Jim Jarmusch's vampires-existing-in-tedium masterpiece "Only Lovers Left Alive."  While the film was certainly as brilliant as expected, showcasing all of Jarmusch's strengths as a director, the soundtrack was equally as mind-blowing and gorgeous.  Written and performed by Jamrusch's band SQURL and with help from his frequent collaborator (and amazing artist in his own right), lute revivalist/reinventor Jozef Van Wissem, the soundtrack is a mesmerizing mix of gorgeously aching and yearning melodies and strained feedback tied to hypnotic and insistent standard rock forms.  The result is an epic musical construction that both comments on the themes of the film and exists apart from it.
Sometimes when I do these reworks I end up being astounded at the results, and this is one of those times.  The pieces here are some of the loveliest i've crafted, evoking a wealth of despondent, sorrowful moods and feelings that perfectly complement Jarmusch's study of tedium, banality, disappointment, exhaustion, and sadness.  An epic drone/ambient journey into interiority and wistful nostalgiah, perhaps for something that never really was.  It all seems so different, but it all seems the the same."

The deluxe edition is limited to 3 hand-numbered copies.  $165 ppd. in the United States, $181 rest of world.


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