One of my favorite movies of all time is American Beauty. Kevin Spacey’s character, Lester Burnham, is the ultimate everyman who finally takes control of his miserable life. Favorite line: Carolyn Burnham: Uh, whose car is that out front?
Lester Burnham: Mine. 1970 Pontiac Firebird. The car I’ve always wanted and now I have it. I rule!
The first time I saw it, I remember being struck by the effectiveness of Thomas Newman‘s film score. The score’s quirky repeating interwoven melodies were in sharp contrast to the lush flowing orchestral scores that tend to dominate most feature films, especially Best Picture Oscar winners. The score took to you a place of an omniscient presence witnessing dysfunctional family peculiarities magnified under the microscope. Big lush orchestrations would be too blunt a tool for those odd yet all-to-common observations throughout the film. The American Beauty film score is a great example of Minimalism which has come into prominence thanks in part to composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass
This week’s new releases from the Cavendish, Made Up Music, Primrose and Liftmusic libraries summon the everyday busyness of our days in a quirky and minimalist fashion. Life can get hectic and insane, but as Lester Burnham says, “It’s never too late to get it back!”
Face the new day with hope and optimism! Not before having a cup of coffee, of course. CAV307 Crescendos is a big dose of happy with a playful innocence. No caffeine necessary!
MUM135 Aspects In Motion
There’s an elegance in intent concentration. MUM135 Aspects In Motion capture the emotions of brain waves in action. Get ‘er done!
PRCD203 Visual Art
There’s nothing like the peace that comes after a big snowfall…..until you realize that you have to shovel it! PRCD203 Visual Art mimics the freshness and wonder of nature and the elements. Stay warm out there!
Every day is history in the making. LIFT063 Document reminds us that each moment is precious and worth capturing. Seize the day!
Rescue Records Artist Of The Week – Ketamine Suns
You know a band is really something when you find yourself transported into their world of sound. Belfast Ireland’s very own Ketamine Suns lives up to its name by taking you on dreamy journeys full of mystery and intrigue. Propelled by the sultry vocal stylings of Oonagh Cassidy and the trip hop production team of James Murphy and James McShane, Ketamine Suns conjure emotions similar to Massive Attack, Cocteau Twins and Portishead. These emotionally powered tracks are made for headphones in the dark of night, your journey awaits!
Library Of The Week – 1 Revolution Music
The brain child of Yoav Goren and Jeffrey Fayman, the 1 Revolution Music library picks up where their powerhouse trailer library Immediate Music left off. This diverse and emotive music library is tailor made to propel and elevate any TV production. Blending tension beds, minimalist dramedy, comedy, horror, urban hip hop and uplifting rock, you are bound to find exactly the mood you are looking for! Benefit from the best!
1RM014 Feel Good & Family Oriented
1RM023 Creepy & Scary 1
1RM021 Heartland & Roots
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