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Boomkat Product Review:
David Holmes presents his sombre soundtrack to '71, a new feature film by Yann Demange set at the height of the troubles in Northern ireland. Following discussions with the director, Holmes wrote the entire soundtrack - presented here as a seamless 30 minute suite - before a single scene had been shot, preferring to draw upon his own experience of life in Belfast and follow the precedents of Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone, who also worked with a similar method of writing the music before shooting. The mood is almost painfully tense and overcast throughout, making nods to John Carpenter's 'Assault On Precinct 13' and 'Escape From New York' or Tony Conrad's 'The Pyre of Angus Was In Kathmandu' with a filigree mixture of minimalist electronics and subtle strings punctuated by dialogue and incidental sounds from the film.