Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The Last Place To Go...(Dutch Harbor European Tour)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
This is a soundtrack to a soundtrack. Confused? Dutch Harbor, a documentary film about deep-sea crabbers in an emerging fast-food civilization on Unalaska Island, Alaska--North America's westernmost point--was taken on a E... more »
This is a soundtrack to a soundtrack. Confused? Dutch Harbor, a documentary film about deep-sea crabbers in an emerging fast-food civilization on Unalaska Island, Alaska--North America's westernmost point--was taken on a European screening tour by its filmmakers, University of Southern California alumnus Braden King and Homer, Alaska's Laura Moya. A collection of Chicago musicians, including Will Oldham of Palace, Jim O'Rourke and Rick Rizzo of Eleventh Dream Day, and Douglas McCombs of Tortoise, performed live improvisations to the film's visuals as Boxhead Ensemble. This collection--recorded in Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands--is every bit as shimmery and austere as one would expect of such frozen surroundings: sudden bursts of melodica or guitar breaking over the horizon like the weak, placebo sun that can never dispel the cold. Occasional snippets of dialogue augment the gentle, sawing, ambient buzz. --Rob O'Connor
Austere and beautiful...
Christopher Kingman | Seattle, WA USA | 05/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"the music on this CD are snippets of a live, improvised soundtrack to the movie "Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks Its Back." the original soundtrack for the movie consisted of improvised sketches done by a collective of chicago musicians. because the movie received an amount of critical praise in europe, the film-makers decided to do a screening/performance tour of europe, where each night a group of musicians would improvise the score while the movie was playing. some of the musicians that participated on the tour were Edith Frost, Charles Kim, Michael Krassner, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Julie Pomerleau, Will Oldham, Ken Vandermark, and Mick Turner and Jim White (both from The Dirty Three).the music on this CD complements the movie perfectly. the movie is a slow, lyrical, black and white documentary about one of the last frontiers in the world today, the tiny industrial fishing community of Dutch Harbor, on Unalaska Island in the Aleutian chain. like the movie, and it's original soundtrack, the music here drifts out of the environment, melodies drifting and surfacing like waves out of the sea, only to recede back into the atmosphere. the interplay between the various combinations of musicians is absolutely incredible, and though different musicians are improvising on each track, the whole is united by the theme and emotional substance of the movie itself, such that this music sounds amazingly cohesive. at the same time, even though there are hints of influences from the players' personalities and other projects, this music stands apart from anything else i've heard. in short, the music captures the mood of the movie, from the stark lonliness and isolation, to the heartbreaking remorse and nostalgia for days gone by. this music is incredibly moving and touching, and highly reccomended"