Sailing A Sinking Sea [OST]
To create the soundtrack to her documentary feature Sailing A Sinking Sea Olivia Wyatt called on Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy alums Bitchin Bajas. They dialled up all manner of spooky, kooky synths and tribal drumming from their vast soundtrack library – at times they tap into the moods and modes of Boards of Canada (Poh Lao/Island, Bu Nga/Flower) other times it’s all about the drumming (Ek Kue Bao/Man Riding A Buffalo, Ta-Ao/Sea) or it’s about some sense of audio documentary (Nam Liam/Hexagon) – which is entirely the point of this soundtrack, the score to accompany the images of the nomadic Moken people, a dwindling tribe of seafarers from Burma and Thailand.
The swirl and swoon of the soundtrack on its own is arresting, captivating, but if you buy the product – including a vinyl release – it comes paired with a copy of the film. A lovely set of images, beautifully captured.
There’s watery evocations (La Boon/Tsunami) and Eno-esque textures in and around the Moken voices and village folk songs and the music works as a type of aural doco all in and of itself. But watch the film too – it’s worth your time. A hypnotic blend here, from a passion project that deserves an audience.