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Boomkat Product Review:
Lifting its title from a Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks song from their 1995 album, Orange Crate Art, the new Klimek album engages with that age-old idea of creating soundtracks for films that don't exist. The actual track titles themselves reveal inspiration has been taken from famed film theorist and philosopher Slavoj Zizek, with feelgood names like 'Exposed to Life In Its Brutal Meaninglessness' littered ambiguously throughout the sequence. The musical content seems largely detached from whatever suggestions these titles actually prompt, instead playing against the pre-conceptions of what we expect from film soundtracks - often by integrating sliced up field recordings and location sound with digitally dissected orchestral figures. The customary levels of depth and sonic richness you'd expect from a Sebastian Meissner production are abundant throughout Movies Is Magic, although there's a knowingly 'meta' approach to its cinematic soundscaping that makes you very aware of its processes; this isn't so much a suite of film music as it is an electroacoustic project about film music in general. Meissner strives to evoke images with acousmatic sound rather than accompany existing ones, and in this pursuit he proves highly successful, immersing the listener in a sound world that's populated by menacingly veiled environmental details and the dangerous faux-romanticism of orchestral syrup.