Boomkat Product Review:
Finders Keepers crew have excavated another utterly essential piece of cinematic history - and this one's right up my street. Sadly I have never seen the film this soundtrack has been disengaged from before (something soon to be remedied, thank you internet shopping) but when you mention Eastern Europe, vampires, perverted monks and sexual discovery my ears and eyes are wide open. The cover itself is a rather fabulous looking blood-spattered daisy... I mean, I don't even have to hear the music and I'm sold - it's just so darned inviting. Luckily the shimmering sounds held captive beneath the legend are even more enticing than I would have realised, perfectly summing up everything I adore about library music, film music and cinema itself. We've got it all here - glockenspiels, choirs, harpsichord, string sections, flutes - every boxed is less ticked, more blotted out with a giant magic marker. Yet not once do the pieces sound overdone or cheesy, there's a tendency in this scene to lavish praise on the more 'ironic' exotic sound of 70s exploitation flicks, the whole porn music sensation. 'Valerie and her Week of Wonders' is no such soundtrack, this is so much more than cheap filler for a bad media party, don't take my word for it though, Trish Keenan from Birmingham's finest exports Broadcast gives her verdict in the liner notes claiming that she loved the film and soundtrack so much she wouldn't even copy it for her friends. I think you probably get the idea - this is life changing stuff, sitting somewhere between folk, psychedelia, choral music, avant garde classical and traditional music. Don't think you can label it though, it's a record you need to hear to truly understand its mystery and awe-inspiring atmosphere - I've said enough... you know what you have to do.