The Golden Filter - SYNDROMES
Often a problem with film soundtracks is that they can sometimes lose their edge were you not either listening to them in the film itself, or have such a vivid memory that you can picture the scenes as the songs play out; SYNDROMES from New York-based duo The Golden Filter, from their own short film of the same name, manages to avoid this pitfall by creating tracks of ethereal, icy electronica well-rounded enough to standalone, instead of becoming incidental background music.
Undoubted highlight is 'Kill Me' with its haunting, wispy vocals and sparse instrumental backing as doom-laden synths peak out occasionally among the otherwise perky percussion. It's a beguiling piece of work matched in craft by the sprawling eight-minute epic 'Shake', notable for its various stylistic changes throughout building into an almost-tribal frenzy at its climax. Only the minute-long 'Work', its running time taken up by operatic vocal bursts, is a true oddity that only works within the context of the short film but a six out of seven hit-rate isn't too shabby at all, with a elegiac cover of Julee Cruise's 'Mysteries Of Love' only sweetening the deal further. SYNDROMES is a welcome return by The Golden Filter, raising the bar even higher for the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut Voluspa.