Once a month or so I have a chat on RNZ on their Afternoons show with Jesse Mulligan. These things start – randomly and stop in much the same way. I hope to keep doing this. For a while at least. I think I started in December of 2015, so now four years into it or so…
For this month I did things a little differently – two albums, two tracks featured but just the one artist. Clint Mansell. I’m such a fan of his work as a soundtrack composer and with Pop Will Eat Itself that I was thrilled to hear his return to singing and ‘pop’ music with a track by track cover of Lou Reed’s Berlin album. That album was a favourite for a time and there’s an interesting back-story around Mansell covering it. I love his cover version – but I don’t think you need any real knowledge of the Reed original to dive in. That said I played a wee snippet of Reed’s Lady Day ahead of playing the new rendition.
I started off though with one of the more recent soundtracks. I played the title track/cue from a movie score called Out of Blue. I haven’t even seen the film (yet) but I love the music. It felt good to play a little soundtrack music in the review slot.
Then I played Clint Mansell’s cover of Lou Reed’s Lady Day from his brand new re-imagining of the Reed album Berlin.
Click here to hear the songs and the chat.
I’ve been geeking out about Mansell so much lately that I even wrote a poem about him. Not that I shared that on air. But you can click that link to check it out if you want.