French born Lætitia Sadier stopped in Brighton for the final date on her short UK tour. She is best known as being the majestic vocalist in London group Stereolab, perhaps one of the most influential alternative bands from the 90s. Since then, Lætitia founded a Bordeaux based post-rock band called Monade, and has also lent her unique vocals to many collaborations with the likes of Blur, Serge Gainsbourg, Atlas Sound, Common and most recently Tyler the Creator. Lætitia began her solo career with the release of ‘The Trip’ in 2010, and has since had four brilliant releases with newest being ‘Something Shines’, released September this year. After going through her amazing back catalogue, it filled me with great anticipation for her intimate performance at the Komedia Studio.Read More...
The film was nominated for Best British Film at The Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this year and will be previewed in Brighton on Wednesday 3rd December at The Duke of York's Picturehouse. So having not seen the film yet I can't put it into perspective of the movie but the songs do paint a picture…
The album starts with a short spoken word piece talking about love in a semi-ironic way . Which from the quirky trailer probably reflects the film well. One of the most featured artist is Sally Megee with four instrumental pieces with a nice laid back drifting feel that would not feel out of place in a Western movie. With song titles like Trafalgar St, The Woods, Trafalgar St Whistle and The Kiss it's easy to close your eyes and let the music take you away to those special places you have in your memories.
Transformer's two tracks provide a bit of up-tempo electronic music with Dragonfly and Heartbreak. Their repetitive beats will get the feet tapping while still maintaining a nice dreamy disco undertones. Dragonfly especially being one of those songs you could quite happily leave on repeat for a few listens.
Bob Wants His Head Back is the only other band to make more than one appearance on the album with their dark and twisted funky cabaret tunes. Love Song, well it is a film about love, has a slight French Édith Piaf feel to it while Grandfather is a more upbeat thigh slapping style.
Your Heart Breaks and one of the few non Brighton bands on the soundtrack, hailing from the USA and their track Will We Ever delivers a bit of American droney vocals. The song is like a road movie itself.
The Mountain Firework Company continue the American feel with Tonight, a song dripping with heartache sung in their instantly recognisable acoustic country folk style.
The Duke Of Burgundy add a bit of funk to the party with Bear Love. Another instantly catch tune with some great hooks and often repeated line “I've got Bear, Bear Love” will be rolling around in your head for days.
Trouble by Kitty Garden is a tender gentle acoustic song which breaks into French every now and again and has a a nice bluesy swing to it.
If you like your blues to be a bit more punchy then John Fitzmaurice's Pint Of Milk Blues is a short Bluegrass track that sounds like it's just dropped out of the 1920's Deep South Americana.
Jo Ema brings yet more of a French feel with a bit of accordion and violin music that would not sound out of place in a Jean-Jacques Beineix film. The track Ochi Chornya (Dark Eyes) certainly has some dark and twisted interplay between the two instruments.
Alf Wiltshire brings some light relief to the album with the humorous track Avocados and as he say “Sometimes you win and sometimes you might lose”.
All in all it's a nice, well rounded soundtrack that has certainly made me eager to see the film as well as introducing me to some of the wonderful bands featured on the album.
The last time I saw Laura Veirs play live was nearly four years ago at what was once The Hanbury Ballrooms (now Proud Brighton) shortly after the release of her 2010 album ‘July Flame’. At the time she was heavily pregnant with her first child ‘Tennessee’ and had to play with her guitar slung across her body sideways to avoid the ‘bump’. I was excited to see her play again, four years on with tracks from her more recent albums.Read More...