Boomkat Product Review:
Wow OK - this spooky soundtrack to recently-rediscovered 1974 short film "Ô Sidarta" is a doozy, all fuzzy analog synth drones, Popol Vuh/Klaus Schulze wobbles and choppy, dubbed-to-death Luc Ferrari vs. Radiophonic Workshop squeak. Gasping.
Just when you think that everything's been dug out of the cult electronic-music-meets-horror-sci-fi treasure sack, Finders Keepers pop out with this absolute jewel. "Ô Sidarta" was released in 1974 and directed by Swiss filmmaker Michel Jakar, documenting the process of comic artist Philippe Druillet, but it's the soundtrack we're obsessed with, a truly haunting set of avant electronics from "synthesist, sound designer and ethnological instrument enthusiast" Alain Pierre.
Pierre popped up a few years ago on the STROOM label with a reissue of his soundtrack to cult Flemish animated movie "Jan Zonder Vrees", and this short soundtrack might be even better. The album is split into two side-long pieces, the first finds Pierre wrangling creepy samples (crashes, screams, rattling chains, bells, robot voices) and unusual vocals, dubbing them out with Radiophonic FX and adding carnivalesque synth sequences. It's like Delia Derbyshire and being let loose on the INA-GRM catalog at King Tubby's and we don't say that lightly.
On the flip, Pierre takes a kosmische trip with rolling psychedelic analog synth bubbles that sound like "Moondawn"-era Klaus Schulze before mutating into microtonal rhythmic funk that sounds more like Suicide. Finders Keepers describes this one as "space raga" and honestly, we can't disagree. So, so killer.