Having only just released a collaborative effort with former Depeche Mode singer, Dave Gahan, the production pair of Rich Machin and Ian Glover, who make up the Soul Savers, appear to have been having a busy time recently.
Unlike the Gahan project, though, Kubrick is an evocative, completely instrumental selection of moody pieces recorded almost as fictional soundtracks in a salute to the great film director, Stanley Kubrick.
Cinematic and mesmeric, these pieces are panoramic widescreen vistas, all swirling strings, hypnotic keyboard motifs and downtempo beats.
Film buffs will note that each song is titled after a different Kubrick-directed character, with the opening track, DeLarge named after Clockwork Orange’s Alex, while the closing track is named after Eyes Wide Shut’s Victor Ziegler.
Hal 9000 from 2001:A Space Odyssey even gets a look in!
The names, though, are just names, and not attempts at character description - they’re more about capturing some of Kubrick’s visual atmospherics from a musical standpoint.
What this album does is create a mood and sustains it.
It’s at times, beautiful, haunting, aching, and vibrant, but always with an unhurried but dramatic sense of space, both between and around the notes.
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