Boomkat Product Review:
SN Variations return with Adrian Corker’s original soundtrack to The Have-Nots, a film directed by Florian Hoffmeister, arriving some months after they issued a smart set of Giacinto Scelsi reworks by Chris Watson and virtuoso string players, Lucy Railton and Aisha Orazbayeva, who both also contribute extensively to The Have-Nots.
Like Mica Levi’s efforts on Under The Skin and the upcoming Jackie biopic, Corker and his ensemble - including Railton and Orazbayeva plus Petter Eldh (double bass), Liam Byrne (Viola da Gamba), Emma Smith (violin), and Mark Knoop (Piano) - together push the prism of string soundtracks for film into inquisitive new areas, reaching beyond the usual trap of consonant grandeur all too common or conventional within that sphere.
The recording, production and mastering are unquestionably on-point, working to reveal everything in unflinching detail, from the most jagged, layered dissonance to Aisha’s stark solo vocal interpretation of Experiences No 2, a piece of music by Joihn Cage set to lyrics by E.E. Cummings - previously performed by Robert Wyatt on record - whilst a wonderfully swollen, one-leg-shorter-than-other ambient techno rework of Charged by Jack Wylie (Circle Traps, Portico Quartet) neatly offsets the more challenging intensity of the soundtrack’s other parts.