Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We Stood Like Kings - USA 1982 (Koyaanisqatsi: A New Soundtrack) [Kapitän Platte 038]

Re-recording scores for classic, praised as well as controversial movies is quite a risky business, especially when they're as well known and critically acclaimed as Philip Glass' work for Godfrey Reggio's legendary movie "Koyaanisqatsi" which still is, both musically and in its cinematic quality, one of a kind. This said, this album is defo about to be a 'love it or hate it' affair anyway with not much in between. Lovers of the original score will, and defo for a reason, criticize the bands approach and aim to step away from Glass' yet melodic minimalist synth vision towards a more dramatic score oftentimes based on borderline-kitsch pianos and a good portion of instrumental ProgRock heavily garnished with large walls of slightly distorted guitars and cinematic PostRock for those who appreciate bands like the formerly Washington-based band outfit Ostinato or the German Eau Rouge whereas followers of the genre surely will be naturally drawn towards the well thought out musical journey the quartet that is We Stood Like Kings caters on this extended album stretched out over a whole of two CD's with a total runtime of approx. 80 minutes. Interesting stuff, this.


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