Music For The Motion Picture Victoria
I haven’t seen the (German) film Victoria but it sounds (at least) interesting – a 12-page script with mostly improvised dialogue created in a single take, one long shot. I’d see it anyway for Nils Frahm’s score which – for anyone interested in his work over the last few years – exists in its own space away from the film anyway.
I’m reminded of The Necks’ score for The Boys – and though Victoria doesn’t sound quite as grim as that movie it might not be far off.
Given that Frahm’s other recent release (the magnificent Solo) was a focus entirely on his pedal-dampened late-night piano sound there are a few other moods and sonics (and scrapes from nocturnal cellos) happening here. So it’s intriguing and engaging for that alone; just enough of a flipside while still existing in the usual Frahm space. Space – in fact – is the crucial part of his craft too and eerie moments exist in these cues (In The Parking Garage, Our Own Roof, The Shooting) as dreamy piano lines waft and drift and hang like smoke unfurling, but also piano-less pieces are now part of the sound-puzzle too.
So a few new shapes are in there.
It’s the moments where Frahm’s piano is pushing itself into place against or inside a fug of warmly-textured atmospherics and searing strings (as on Them and Pendulum) where I’m most intrigued, an interesting development within a framework already so distinctive, signature.
I’ll have to see the film because of this music – and that’s surely about as high of a compliment as you can give to a score when released as standalone album, right?