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Rose der fer, La / Intiaani Kesa (vinyl LP)

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  • Manufacturer Finders Keepers Records (UK)
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A true enigma in French exploitation cinema and a key exponent in Jean Rollin's expansive family of forward thinking French creatives, Pierre Raph delivered four soundtrack commissions to the ABC film company between 1971 and 1974 commencing with Requiem pour un vampire and ending with the bizarre Les démoniaques. The lost score for the film Le rose de fer from 1972 presented a new challenge for both director and composer marking Rollin's departure from his vampire movie comfort zone to this surreal melodramatic ghost sex story and resulting in perhaps the duo's most unique collaboration. Combining bizarre vocalisations, stripped down minimal piano and subtle Parisian funk themes (echoing the likes of Alain Goraguer's La planete sauvage and Karl Heinz Sch&aunl;fer's Les gants blancs du diable) Le rose de fer arguably hears Raph at his most accomplished, adhering to a solid consistent theme tune and using a varied range of disciplines to convey it via the films precarious schizoid screenplay. For fans of Rollin regulars Acanthus, Philippe d'Aram and François Tusques this release is essential, but as a stand alone piece Le rose de fer is totally unique and, like the film itself, succeeds as the tortoise champion taking first place on many long-term Rollinades lists while his trademark vamps dodge the sunlight.

Originally commissioned as incidental cues for a short film by Helsinki based designer Paola Suhonen, Intiaani Kesä (Indian Summer) by multi-instrumentalist Jane Weaver has since grown into a fully formed project lending itself to a number of further cinematic productions and creative applications . Appearing alongside Demdike Stare and Brigitte Fontaine in the vampire film Kiss of the Damned by Xan (daughter of John) Cassavetes and recut and performed as an alternative rescore to Eiichi Yamamoto's Belladonna of Sadness for various live performances, this set of well-crafted themes takes it's brazen influences of Nicolai, Dell'Orso, Alessandroni and Daniella Casa back to their purest analogue recording origins with startling effect. Recorded in an old vicarage near the Peak District, housing a unique analogue experimental studio, Intiaani Kes&aunl; hears Weaver deploy a wide range of instruments including tubular bells, bowed guitars, vintage Goblinised Roland string synths, detuned pianos, church bells, Roland guitar synths, harpsichords and ex-Radiophonic Workshop custom equipment as accompaniment to wordless and onomatopoeic chorale vocals recorded on valve microphones with space echo, sonic room reverbs and bespoke experimental tape delays. Made in a disciplined and unforgiving environment without modern technological shortcuts these self-initiated creative research prototypes were not initially intended for commercial release but are thankfully gathered here as songs in there own right independent of context.

Track Listing

01. Bruits Et Voix Dans In Cimetière Part1
02. La Rose De Fer
03. Song for Françoise
04. Bruits Et Voix Dans In Cimetière Part 2
05. The Iron Rose
06. Ville D'Amiens
07. Bruits Et Voix Dans In Cimetiè:re Part 3
08. Descension Into Darkness
09. Parade of Blood Red Sorrows
10. Spirit of Widows' Tears
11. Awakening Into Red Sun
12. Intiaani Kesä Part1
13. Cascade in Light
14. Sorrow in Air
15. She – The Orchid
16. Intiaani Kesä Part 2
17. Do Not Forsake Me
18. Widows' Tears Under Spell

Weight: 505g

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