Rashomon is an eccentric side project of Londo-based musician Matt Thompson – who also provides heart-pounding synth soundscapes under the moniker of fellow Cineploit Records artist Zoltan – a dense and challenging outfit which takes the classic approach of „film music“ and tosses it on ist ear.
„The Cameraman´s Revenge“ is the latest Rashomon effort from Thompson and impresses big time with it´s carefully textured and densely layered approach to cinematic soundscapes. Thompson is diligent and thougthful in his composition, utilizing multiple instruments to create atmospheres which vary from malevolent and suspensful to haunting, beautiful and even occasionally humorous. Mellotron, Fender Rhodes, Jew Harp and MiniMoog meet the comparatively „traditional“ instrumentation of guitars, bass and drums to create mood music which can be tribal and discordant one minute, to subtly beautiful in the blink of an eye.
The success of Rashomon must certainly be laid squarely at the feet of Thompson´s impeccable eye for quality, as well as his obvious love for the classic cinematic music of Italy, Spain, America and of course, his native England. „The Cameraman´s Revenge“ takes it´s influence from Italian giallo and suspense cinema – particularly Ennio Morricone´s dissonant score fort he Enzo Castellari film „Cold Eyes of Fear“ – while also providing detours into psychodelic rock passages which wouldn´t sound out of place on a Popol Vuh soundtrack for a Werner Herzog film starring Klaus Kinksi.
There is also a certain playfulness to Thompson´s compositional style, one which lends itself almost to the cut and paste sound collage style of Norwegian weirdos When and Bogus Blimp. Each track here takes numerous detours during it´s sonic journey, never allowing the listener too much comfort as „The Cameraman´s REvenge“ plies it´s musical trade with a schizophrenic sense of style.
So yes, „The Cameraman´s Revenge“ may prove tob e uneasy listening at times, but the treasures which are revealed through conscious effort and patience from the listener should prove to be boundless when it comes to the sonic danger which is Rashomon.
Austria´s Thelema continue to grow and progress on their latest effort for homegrown label Cineploit Records, exploring dynamic and emotionally resonant territory with a starkly melodic sound.
Growing ventures further beyond the Portishead and Twin Peaks influences which defined the bands „Hearing the Light“ opus a couple of years ago via a dense layered and textured sound, one which incorporates female vocals, E-bow and ominous, tolling church bells alongside the band´s established sound of synth and piano heavy electronica.
Hans Jurgen is the man behind Thelema, and it´s on Growing where the man´s capabilities as a songwriter are truly rising to the forefront. There are moments here which speak largely of the man´s fascination with the cult scores to evocative cinema of the 1960´s and 70´s, particularly the Italian Giallo & Horror Film. There are even moments which mimic the showdowns of the old spaghetti west, amplified by Jurgen´s tasteful use of electric guitar.
There vibe of Growing is pensive for the most part, however, drawing comparisons perhaps to bands like Antimatter and Sigur Ros, while sounding entirely like no one else out there right now in the experimental, electronic music scenes. This is something to be commended, and certainly serves as a feather in the cap for Cineploit Records, for whom Thelema has clearly become a flagship act, a band whose potential is seemingly limitless when it comes to reinventing moody, melodic electronic music.
Luigi Porto is finalizing the last recordings for his Score for Romano Scavolini´s movie “L´Apocalisse delle Scimmie” – additional a first teaser for the soon to be released Album will be produced – stay tuned for more exciting news on this here or on Facebook!
Autumn 2014 will see the day of light of Orgasmo Sonore´s new album”Revisiting Obscure Library Music” featuring music from Alessandro Alessandroni, Bruno Nicolai, Jean-Pierre Decerf and many others. First impressions via Soundcloud!