Various - Dead Man's Shoes Original Soundtrack

A mix of songs and instrumentals, Dead Man's Shoes Original Soundtrack sure whets one's appetite for the forthcoming film. Given the picture's description - a dark tale of revenge set against the backdrop of rural life - it's appropriate that most of this material carries a heavy sense of foreboding.

Sombre, acoustic songs prevail. Gravenhurst's The Diver is perhaps the most striking of these. Gorgeous yet shivers-down-the-spine chilling, its crystal clear lyrics are wonderfully open to interpretation. Similarly perfect is M. Ward's Dead Man, comparatively jolly and seeking hope in the afterlife. Smog's Vessel In Vain strikes a wearier, gruffer note, while Lucky Dragons' cracked Heartbreaker, with fireworks going off in the background and the only female vocal on the record, makes for a more experimental sound.

The Earlies' psychedelic Morning Wonder and Calexico's country rockin' Crooked Road are heavier songs. Indeed the latter band have also contributed a number of instrumentals which succesfully aid the twisted folk ambience. Aphex Twin's Nannou 2 is a minimalist piano track, leaving Laurent Garnier's slow-burning Forgotten Thoughts as the only real excursion into electronica. Unsurprisingly, it accompanies the film's "acid [LSD] scene".

DM & Jemini's The Only One, hip-hop, sticks out like a sore thumb, which is probably why it's separated from the rest by ten minutes of silence.

Dead Man's Shoes OST is rich in gems. The songs are good enough to stand alone, but also blend well with the instrumental pieces. Assembled with care by director Shane Meadows, instead of being cynically thrown together by marketing committee, this soundtrack deserves cult classic status in its own right.

Overall

9

out of 10

Last updated: 19/04/2018 11:38:50

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