In what will be a recurring feature, Modern Vinyl will be giving their stamp of approval to one selection of music periodically, whether it be a vinyl pressing, new album or recently released track. Whatever direction we choose, the highlighted tunes will be highly recommended. Basically, it’s a nice way for us to showcase labels and artists we feel are doing it the right way.
This week, Modern Vinyl recommends the music of Repeated Viewing.
The modern soundtrack revival has given fans of movie music and film scores a lot to be thankful for: reasonably-priced editions of favorite movie soundtracks and a larger community with which to discuss this music, to name but two highlights. However, what seems to be the best aspect of this revival is also the least-appreciated by music fans at large, and that’s the absolute surge of film score-inspired musicians creating original music.
The enjoyment of revisiting and reinterpreting the music of cult film scores is that the musicians soundtracking those films worked with minimal tools and humble, if not minuscule budgets. Whereas the ability to be your own John Williams requires the London Philharmonic, one can pretty easily become John Carpenter with a synthesizer and a guitar.
Granted, there’s a lot to sort through, and there’s quite a bit of dross to be had. Too many musicians do nothing more than tweak patches in Reason and think that’s enough, ignoring the depth of musical fun to be had in the world of cult film music.
That’s why I’m so enthused every time there’s a new release from Repeated Viewing, the musical project of Scotland’s Alan Sinclair. You have the giallo-inspired The Three Sisters, the eldritch terror of Frozen Existence, and the stately frights of Horror of Bexteth Hill in the varied catalog. Then there’s Repeated Viewing’s latest, titled Street Force, which presents Sinclair’s version of an action score.
The folks at Two Headed Dog described it as “Death Wish if we lived in some kind of alternative universe where Lucio Fulci had directed it instead of Michael Winner,” hitting the nail right on the head. It’s an emotionally-involving collection of pieces, and listening to it, one can easily suss out the story of a family destroyed by violence, and one man’s search to repay brutality with more of the same. It goes by so swiftly, you find yourself perplexed and confused when it’s over, wishing for more.
I could count on one hand the number of modern artists for whom collecting their entire discography is paramount, but Repeated Viewing readily merits inclusion. I suggest you start tracking down what you can before everyone else does, as well.
Spun Out of Control recently released a cassette version of “Street Force,” and it’s due out later this year on vinyl from Giallo Disco. You can find pre-order links for a variety of stores via Repeated Viewing’s Facebook page.