Hi All — we have two releases and a distributed title this week for your listening pleasure.
The first is Fabio Frizzi’s supremely funky score to Contraband, Lucio Fulci’s ultra violent crime thriller, and the first release of 2017 from our sister label, Death Waltz Originals, by Pentagram Home Video entitled The Satanic Path. Additionally, we are distributing a brilliant soundtrack for the game Dear Esther from our friends at Black Screen Records.
As always, new releases go on sale on Wednesdays at NOON (CST).
Contraband - Original Motion Picture Score LP. Original Score by Fabio Frizzi. Artwork by Graham Humphreys Layout by Jay Shaw. Pressed on 180 Gram Brown vinyl with three different red splatters (Limited to 500 Copies). $25
Fabio Frizzi’s score to the 1980 Lucio Fulci thriller Contraband is surely one on the Maestro’s funkiest excursions record for Lucio Fulco. The main theme is a wonderful melody that is reprised throughout the score with a suitable touch of melodrama. Frizzi’s talent for catchy tunes is always apparent, whether it includes the stereotypical wah-wah pedal effects or some grooving slap bass.
Kept modern by mixing traditional orchestral elements with electric guitar and a wailing sax, there’s always a degree of underlying tension, mainly coming from the brass section, and there’s some amazing moments featuring a big organ and a sleazy keyboard riff. This is even before the uber-catchy ‘You Are Not The Same’, one of Frizzi’s many contributions to the songs of moviedom. Another excellent Frizzi/Fulci-fest!
DEATH WALTZ ORIGINALS
Pentagram Home Video – The Satanic Path LP. Artwork & Layout by We Buy Your Kids. Pressed on 180 Gram Purple Vinyl with Black color-in-color with download card. Limited to 666 copies. $22
Pentagram Home Video returns with their sophomore record for Death Waltz Originals. Continuing the (satanic) path carved out on their debut LP Who's Out There?, broody analog electronics weave in between a thumping kick drum and snares that can snap a back at 50 paces. What Pentagram does with the '80s infused synth template is give it space to breathe. The music is as much about what's happening in between the bass stabs as the actual melodies themselves, which gives it an other-worldly feel. The only project you could even mildly compare it to is Pye Corner Audio. In a world full of retro synth merchants, PHV stands out because there is no hint of cheesy '80s revisionism here. The music is dark, foreboding and very eerie indeed.
Also available on Bandcamp, iTunes & Spotify.
Dear Esther - Original Game Soundtrack 2XLP. Music by Jessica Curry. Pressed on 180 Gram White Vinyl (limited to 50 Copies) and 180 Gram Black Vinyl. $32
Award-winning video game development studio The Chinese Room and Black Screen Records have teamed up to release Jessica Curry’s incredible soundtrack to the indie hit and genre defining video game Dear Esther on limited edition 180g double vinyl just in time for the game’s 5th anniversary.
The soundtrack comes on two 180g 12“ vinyl records, both cut at 45RPM for best sound quality, features original artwork by BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2016 and The Chinese Room artist Alex Grahame and liner notes by The Chinese Room co-founder and composer Jessica Curry. This vinyl release includes a free Steam key that enables the customer to download the game and the soundtrack for free via Steam.
Dear Esther is the award-winning first-person exploration game that paved the way for The Chinese Room's collaboration with Frictional Games on Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and the BAFTA-winning Everybody's Gone to the Rapture. It’s a ghost story, told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional gameplay the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly uncovered when exploring the various locations of the island, making every each journey a unique experience. Dear Esther features a stunning, specially commissioned soundtrack from composer Jessica Curry.
BACK IN STOCK
Over the Garden Wall - Original Television Soundtrack. Music by The Blasting Company. Original artwork by Sam Wolfe Connelly. Contains 20 Page booklet with Lyrics and sheet music. Pressed on 180 Gram Harvest Festival colored vinyl (Webstore Exclusive). $25
Our premiere release of the masterful soundtrack to Cartoon Network's first ever animated mini-series Over The Garden Wall will be back in stock this Wednesday!
Composed and performed by The Blasting Company (Brandon Armstrong, Joshua Kaufman, Justin Rubenstein), Over The Garden Wall is a one of a kind experience. Created by Patrick McHale, it tells the story of two brothers named Wirt and Greggory (voiced by Elijah Wood & Collin Dean) on a mysterious Dante-esque journey home through a world known only as "The Unknown": a place filled with colorful characters and incredible musical interludes, all of which are captured on this comprehensive soundtrack release.
Produced by the composers themselves, this album features 32 tracks, a mix of song and score from the mini-series. Pressed on 180 Gram Vinyl, featuring original artwork by Sam Wolfe Connelly and a 20 page booklet featuring lyrics from every song, as well as sheet music, so you can play along! This release is essential for fans of the show... and that's a Rock Fact!