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Boomkat Product Review:
Blaine L Reininger was one of the lynchpins of influential Crepescule act Tuxedo Moon, and this disc combines two of his recent commissioned soundtracks; "Elektra" from 2006 and "Radio Moscow" from 1995. Elektra was the score for a play by Angela Brouskou, and if you always thought Tuxedomoon were theatrical (who didn't?) then this should be the ideal placement for Reininger's 19th century pomp. Indeed the sweeping electronics, gloomy piano and wavering strings prove more than competently visual and I can imagine - some of the pieces even skate close to Vangelis's world-beating Blade Runner soundtrack ('Orestes' for instance...) as the pieces attempt to blend in Greek traditional music into the soup of analogue synthesizers and murky atmospheres. 'Radio Moscow' is similarly produced but slightly less interesting to me, relying much less on experimentation with Greek music (obviously I suppose) and much more on heavy electronics and jaunty strings. While there are some beautifully dark passages of Tuxedomoon-esque classical-electronic gorgeousness to sink your teeth into the soundtrack itself (to a film by Nicholas Triandafyllidis) is less absorbing than 'Elektra' and I imagine would be better accompanied by the film. One for those of you lamenting the death of Crepescule - there's darkness out there, and it wears a smoking jacket.