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Boomkat Product Review:
Rashomon is the solo project of Guapo's Matt Thompson, and this record is the second release in the artist's Film Music series. This one functions as a proposed soundtrack to the notorious 1977 public information film, The Finishing Line - a gruesome twenty-minute piece that attempted to discourage children from playing on railway lines. The film takes the format of an imaginary sports day designed around the various dangerous games children might play on the tracks, each one ending with tragic consequences. The piece was the cause of much controversy at the time - and a quick glance at the film (readily viewable online) reveals precisely why. In addition to being exceptionally bloodthirsty it's all so extreme that there's actually something a bit Pythonesque about it, making the film a prime target for a touch of darkly humorous soundtracking. Thompson has even gone so far as to divide up his album according to each event depicted in the film ('9 And Under Fence Breaking', 12 And Under Stone Throwing', 'Last Across' and the apocalyptically nasty 'All Ages Tunnel Walk'), and he certainly gets into the spirit of things, conjuring creepy library soundtracks and '70s styled prog-drone with his psaltery, zither and Mellotron. A splendid tribute to the haunting, memory-distorting power of nostalgia.