Mirt – random soundtrack


“Random Soundtrack” indeed. For a blurry, enigmatic art film possibly. A collage assembled by chance gesture. Without resorting to nostalgia or pastiche the album is subtly dressed in the vintage clothes of library music and 50’s exotica albums. The hot colours and tribal mask of the cover, the titles (ambient interlude, night sequence, love theme, main theme etc) which come to seem randomly attached to their tracks, found elsewhere and borrowed as much for their blank functionality as anything they evoke, the very title itself. Mirt seems disinterested in literal minded narratives or the familiar emotional button punching of film soundtracks, this has dream logic, what might the unconcious conjur from the collision of disparate elements? For clarity the first track is called ‘Second Track’ – you will be wrong footed from the start, ‘Motorboat Chase’ has bubbling synths and a vaguely aquatic feel but nothing at all to suggest the mechanical urgency of the title. Shifting moods and atmospheres step discreetly back from pushing a particular reading onto you. ‘Night Sequence’ moves from a vague disquiet through clouds of synths and tension building percussion but steers clear of allowing either chills or exhilaration claim it. Like those Exotica records and Eno’s dictum for ambient music, it works well in the background and rewards your attention should you listen closer. Found sounds and field recordings wash through and the whole works as one extended changing and evolving piece divided more for expediency or amusement. ‘Love Theme’ is smudged by rain and traffic and deep down there’s the muffled heartbeat of the city, steady but untroubled by any romantic melody. The pervasive mood is like the warm pink of the cover, it could be the soundtrack to a completely uneventful Bond movie, a shifting travelogue of locations blurring together, the surface of its reflection unbroken by anything so vulgar and needy as drama. The elements begin to align as the sound of waves lapping opens ‘Sunrise On The Beach’ but it’s less a glorious idyll than a confused awakening as the waves morph into abstracted electronic noise. It gives way to the beautiful and calming ‘Main Theme’ the waves briefly returning. Saving the best forlast it’s definitely the high point. Mirt compares making it to a form of automatic writing and suggests it’s “a worrying thought about capturing the image of the last quiet days of the chaotic world.”




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