Calm With Horses (Original Score)
When not one half of the group Fuck Buttons, Benjamin John Power has been making music as Blanck Mass. I never gelled with group work but love his solo electronica pursuits. So I was pleased to hear it was him behind the score to the movie Calm With Horses. The film is wonderful, based on the story/novella of the same name from Colin Barrett’s Young Skins collection.
It’s a crime drama with a difference. There’s such a huge emotional centre – and the music is key to establishing this. In the opening moments I was Googling to see who the composer was and instantly felt assured seeing the name Blanck Mass. It had been a few years since I’d fully checked in on the catalogue but the first couple of albums were terrific. The mood established from the opening credits made me know I was in safe hands – both as a movie-watching experience and aurally. As soon as I finished watching the film I went to the score for solace.
It’s been my regular listening ever since. And I believe it’s something that you could just enjoy without even watching the movie – but please take this as a recommendation to have a go at both.
Soft synthscapes form the bedrock here – if you’re a fan of Blood Orange or Oneohtrix Point Never then you’re instantly on board. But there are some deviations, an Underworld-like pulse of club-techno drives Different Breed, the Eno/Lanois collaborations are recalled on Loyal Skins and there’s some simple piano with orchestrations when needed (Photograph).
It’s calm (ing) for the most part and it’s the sort of music that just sweeps you away with it – makes time’s tick fade to an inaudibility; makes the day start – or end – on the right note/s.
This has been my nodding off music and my first-wake music for the last month. Sometimes on a loop. It has the added bonus of bringing back to mind the arresting images and intense character work in the film but as music it now lives on in its own space. And I love that about it.
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