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Tarwater's latest - their second album for Gusstaff - was conceived as a soundtrack for Pascal-Alex Vincent's film Donne-Moi La Main (Give Me Your Hand), but came about via unusually organic circumstances: the young actors in the film, Victor and Alexandre Carril would play Tarwater records on a portable sound system while the cast and crew were camping out on location. Because of this, the band's music was indelibly linked with the film - already soundtracking the wild, rustic landscapes that were so essential to the film's setting. The juxtaposition between the rural locations and band's incredibly precise and laboriously sculpted electronic melodies is manifested on record by Tarwater's use of instruments like mouth harp and harmonica, lending a certain ramshackle quality to the piece. 'Station' is especially good in this respect, with Stefan Schneider throwing banjo into the mix, resulting in a jaunty Appalachian dub sound (if you can imagine such a thing). Ronald's brother Robert Lippok guests on 'Time Slipped By', assisting in a complex electronic melange held together by some incredible, yet wholly understated beats. An interesting and leftfield take on scoring for a film, Tarwater's album of material tends to avoid the cinematic cliche, instead playing to the band's established strengths while inventively incorporating snatches of dialogue and field recordings from the movie to help set the scene.