No matter how audiences receive “Another Earth” when the Sundance drama tinged with sci-fi elements opens Friday here in the 405, one thing is certain: Its stellar soundtrack is heavenly.
Eighteen of its 19 tracks are original compositions from new duo Fall on Your Sword, a new project of composer Will Bates and LCD Soundsystem’s Philip Mossman. Here, they’ve crafted an ethereally threaded, warm blanket of trippy, downtempo instrumentals, delivered atop a bed of understated electronics and orchestral instruments. Think a toned-down Tangerine Dream as remixed by Two Lone Swordsmen.
The album opens and closes with variations on its stark, sonic theme, “The First Time I Saw Jupiter,” whose simple melodics and stick percussion result in instant accessibility and addiction. “Rhoda’s Theme” seems beamed from space, accompanied by a ghostly wisp of an angelic voice, while “Making Contact” breaks out of the box to offer some ominous vibes via strings. I don’t know what pep meds “Rhoda’s Theme/Returning to John” are on, but I want some.
The disc is peppered with a number of short, piano-driven bits like “Bob the Robot” and “House Theme,” serving as transitional bridges to the showier numbers. Another track doing the same is Phaedon Papadopoulos “Sonatina in D Minor,” a straightforward piano piece that’s not out of character, given the tone Fall on Your Sword establishes.
If the movie proves even half this good, yum. —Rod Lott
Before ‘Dallas,’ Patrick Duffy made a splash as a waterlogged wonder.
Television series Rod Lott
Being all of 6 years old during its brief run on the tube, I have only
vague memories of “Man from Atlantis,” Patrick Duffy’s pre-“Dallas” TV
series that has become a sci-fi cult hit ever since.
Sci-Fi Rod Lott
As a huge Vincent Price fan, I’ve literally been waiting more than a
decade for 1961’s “Master of the World” to hit DVD. At one time, it was
slated to be released under MGM’s “Midnite Movies” line — I remember
reading in a magazine that screenwriter Richard Matheson either
completed interviews or commentary for it — before the studio abandoned