White Lies [Music From The Motion Picture]
I’ve yet to see the film – but it’s on the list. And though I was interested to see it anyway, this score from John Psathas certainly adds to the reasons why White Lies should be worth seeing. Released last year as a digital download only, the White Lies score is now available from Rattle in CD form, replete with the trademark Rattle packaging, that extra care and attention that seems all but gone from the CD format these days.
The score for White Lies works as a standalone piece because it’s presented as one unbroken 28-minute track. Emma Sayers’ piano is the bridge between Richard Nunns’ Taonga Puoro and the moments where the strings and Psathas’ own synthesiser conjure the elements so specific to this film; the clash between Maori and European styles summoned in the choices of the instruments and how they play off and work in and around one another.
But the use of piano as that bridge, as the constant, means this music can be listened to as a standalone, as one whole piece rather than a set of cues.
Psathas seems to be going from strength to strength as a composer, particularly as a composer of set pieces – film scores, and musical performances meant for a particular performer, written to order as it were.
And here we have some very fine work, moody, evocative, it works for me at the moment as a quietly contemplative ambient work – I’m sure its use in the film is stirring also.