White Bird In A Blizzard [OST]
The film isn’t receiving great reviews – and I think I might just leave it to exist on its own without ever troubling it – but this soundtrack is wonderful. Harold Budd (ambient composer and possibly best known for his collaborations with Brian Eno) and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) have worked together before and here they share their ideas across this instrumental landscape, with alternating solo pieces and two actual collaborations
Curious has a Pink Floyd-esque feel to it, Without A Trace deftly blends Guthrie’s icy guitar with Budd’s Eno-esque keyboard treatments.
For the solo pieces Guthrie kicks off the album with Visions of Eve and Brock’s Theme, the latter echoing the feel of Cocteau Twins, Budd’s The Radiant Bride is ghostly, soft, and reminiscent of his work on his “post-retirement” solo albums of recent years, Budd’s prolific work rate continuing to dazzle.
Somehow the stitching together of pieces from Budd’s voice and Guthrie’s works – and the soft moods here are enchanting, Budd’s brace of Lament for Eve and The Drive are highlights and Guthrie’s closing pair lift the tempo slightly (I’m Here, Kid, I’m Here) before returning to those frosty hues (White Bird).
I can get lost in this music without ever worrying about marrying it up to the images it was created for. A perfect ambient listening experience in and of itself.