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Nadja

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Nadja is composer Simon Fisher-Turner's soundtrack for the modern-day vampire movie of the same name. It was a bit of a change for Turner, who was best known for his marvelous, atmospheric music for the films of Derek Jarman, including The Last of England and Blue. Here, he summons up an appropriately moody, even forlorn undercurrent for much of the work instead of the nostalgic collages that made up much of his prior soundtrack compositions (although he does recirculate "Isle of Spice," which appeared on an earlier album). The instrumentation used is fairly standard Turner: electronics, guitars, piano with cello and string arrangements by Tomas Ulrich. But he manages to evoke a kind of subterranean eeriness without making overt references to the gothic genre, keeping things contemporary albeit with a streak or two of grime. Nadja is not the most viscerally compelling of Turner's soundtrack work, but it's an always intriguing, solid opus that is far more interesting and creative than your average horror flick accompaniment.

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