RIYL: Neo-classical

Label: Milan Records

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant has been making waves, as should be expected. Only a year after he released the surrealist yuppie comedy of Birdman, Michael Keaton’s comeback piece, he releases a brooding, winter revenge tale set in the early 1800s. With Emanuel Lubezki in tow once more (the same cinematographer for Birdman, who’s also worked on Malick’s The Knight of CupsTree of Life, Cuaron’s Gravity and numerous other films), the film was all the more existential and gritty. There was some editing trickery to make it seem as if the scenes never ended and the camera was more or less always revolving and closing in on the faces of anguish and hatred that haunt the film. Ryuichi Sakamoto (an esteemed composer and Yellow Magic Orchestra member) gave this film even more gloom with the help of Alva Noto and Bryce Dessner. As an aside, I saw another film recently which Sakamoto scored – Royal Space Force: Wings of Honnêamise – which I heartily recommend. If you want an example of neo-classical done right, listen below to the SoundCloud streams and see what you think of it. Obviously, go see the film as well while it’s still in theaters. Cheers!


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The Details

*Limited edition 2LP in a matte tip-on gatefold jacket with 2 180 gram pearlescent vinyl records in traslucent blue and cloud white each in inner euro sleeve. Includes digital download coupon.* Following the success of 2014’s Birdman (Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director), director Alejandro G. Iñárritu pushes the limits of film making with the survival epic The Revenant. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, Wolf of Wall Street), Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises) and shot in the frozen Canadian wilderness with only natural lighting, The Revenant is a story of loss, revenge and resilience in the face of impossible odds against the furies of man and nature itself. The film is heavily favored to be a critical darling as awards season gets under way. Director Iñárritu has chosen to forgo almost all dialogue in favor of a gorgeous soundscape and a sweeping score. A film of this magnitude deserves a composer who understands creative artistry and unbridled passion. Japanese master and Oscar winner Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor) fits the bill perfectly. Along with fellow Yellow Magic Orchestra member and frequent collaborator Alva Noto, Sakamoto has created a gripping soundtrack that is sure to be a treat for the winter crowds. Bryce Dessner (writer for Kronos Quartet and the LA Phil) also supplies additional music.

Price $34.6

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