SVVN’s E.P,” Arnarstapi” is a carefully crafted selection of ambient tracks that are beautifully haunting and characterised by a melancholy undertone that stays with you long after the music has ended. Thematically, this E.P reflects the landscape of Iceland and the tracks are deliberately named after areas of the awe inspiring and beautiful country. Although this is perfect music to listen to as a background accompaniment, the listener will be rewarded for giving each track their full concentration as the attention to detail in terms of instrumentation and production is remarkable. Setting the tone for the whole collection is the
American composer Blake Ewing has been quietly producing ambient and classical works for years, getting his incredible music supported by the likes of Ford, Netflix and AMC. His website states he ‘believes in music – and in its wonderful power to support and elevate storytelling.’ His latest offering ‘The Scenery Of Somewhere Else’, not only supports and elevates storytelling, but brings its own magical story to life.
The fading opening of ‘You took the first breath’ brings the listener to a lakeside, shimmering under the golden rays of sun that beam down in the evening sunset. From the opening of the track, we feel a juxtaposition of warm, sweeping pads, and the gentle piano notes that pierce the texture, bringing cooling shivers from the breeze, above the suns gentle warmth. Ewing uses each and every chord change to walk us around the lake, bringing us ever closer to the ‘somewhere else’ suggested in the title.
The new soundtrack from James Newton Howard is Overall a lovely sounding soundtrack with lots of acoustic cues in there not so much Electronic sounds. If i had to choose which tracks to buy I would grab: The Real Setup Bench Mark A Cream or a Lotion? Safe House Share My Fire and possibly The ghost im undecided. Find it at amazon