Boomkat Product Review:
*Debut release from Trunk's new sub-label 'OST'* Morris Dancing might be a much maligned form of expression these days but there’s no denying its significance and importance in the history of good old Blighty. Its eccentricities and curious qualities make the arcane art prime material for a documentary, and that’s what filmmaker Tim Plester felt when embarking on his film ‘Way of the Morris’. We all know that with every great film there should probably be a good soundtrack knocking around somewhere, and this particular soundtrack comes from the mind of Adrian Corker, he of underrated experimental folk types Corker/Conboy. Taking the rich tradition of British homespun folk music as his starting point, over twenty-two tracks Corker explores a Britishness that’s a pleasure to behold. The sounds of birds, church bells and heaving tape are interspersed in amongst delicate folk dances and deadpan vocal recitals. What strikes me most about the compositions is just how minimal it is, and just how restrained Corker has kept it. It would have been easy to go totally over the top, easy to play up the Wicker Man aspect of the culture and take the sounds into much darker places, but instead this is music that plays on memory, history and tradition in the best possible way. Occasionally referencing the library and film music we heard growing up, and occasionally simply taking short refrains from folk standards and reforming them into pensive, melancholy reflections the soundtrack is a resounding success in terms of subject matter and simply from the listener’s perspective. I might not have seen the film, but as an Englishman these melancholy paeans to our whimsical history are simply unmissable. Gorgeous stuff.