Boomkat Product Review:
Kev "The Bug" Martin goes full deep widescreen drone on his full rescore of Andrei Tarkovsky's philosophical sci-fi classic "Solaris". Noisy, creaking power ambient bliss, like Steven O'Malley and Dylan Carlson masterminding an ECM album with Lawrence English.
Martin was asked to rescore a movie of his choice by the Vooruit arts center in Gent, Belgium last year, and it wasn't a difficult decision. Tarkovsky's visionary work has long been an influence, and the producer's beatless material has often made nods to Soviet synth guru Eduard Artemyev, who composed the film's original score.
With "Return To Solaris", Martin avoids snatching cues from the original, and swerves any comparison with Cliff Martinez's iconic score to Steven Soderbergh's 2002 Hollywood remake. Instead he stylistically follows his acclaimed recent run of drone tomes, such as last year's five "Frequencies for Leaving Earth" albums and this year's excellent "White Light" and "Red Light" improvisations. This is heady stuff - sparse and overdriven clouds of guitar drone, layered over white noise waves and reverberating clangs.
Where Artemyev's original score used the then-futuristic synthesized re-casting of Bach to suggest the movie's themes of memory and humanity, Martin instead works with texture, tone and harmony. He creates thick soundscapes to mimic the anxiety of an almost-empty space station as it circles a mysterious intelligence. It's powerful, nuanced stuff from a insatiably curious, searching producer.