No matter how audiences receive “Another Earth” when the Sundance drama tinged with sci-fi elements opens Friday here in the 405, one thing is certain: Its stellar soundtrack is heavenly.
Eighteen of its 19 tracks are original compositions from new duo Fall on Your Sword, a new project of composer Will Bates and LCD Soundsystem’s Philip Mossman. Here, they’ve crafted an ethereally threaded, warm blanket of trippy, downtempo instrumentals, delivered atop a bed of understated electronics and orchestral instruments. Think a toned-down Tangerine Dream as remixed by Two Lone Swordsmen.
The album opens and closes with variations on its stark, sonic theme, “The First Time I Saw Jupiter,” whose simple melodics and stick percussion result in instant accessibility and addiction. “Rhoda’s Theme” seems beamed from space, accompanied by a ghostly wisp of an angelic voice, while “Making Contact” breaks out of the box to offer some ominous vibes via strings. I don’t know what pep meds “Rhoda’s Theme/Returning to John” are on, but I want some.
The disc is peppered with a number of short, piano-driven bits like “Bob the Robot” and “House Theme,” serving as transitional bridges to the showier numbers. Another track doing the same is Phaedon Papadopoulos “Sonatina in D Minor,” a straightforward piano piece that’s not out of character, given the tone Fall on Your Sword establishes.
If the movie proves even half this good, yum. —Rod Lott
OKG7 things to do Gazette staff
Size doesn’t matter, as proven by the Sundance Institute’s 2012 lineup
of short films. With subjects that include Somali pirates, sperm whales,
texting teens and robot sex, this year’s crop of 10 can be seen at
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch. Screenings are scheduled for
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m.
Sunday. Tickets are $5-$8. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
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