Soundtracks for two movies are collected here, realized by Australian composer Philip Brophy. The first half of the tracks were written for a film titled Head On but eventually deemed unsuitable and are here presented in a suite called "Headless." The film involved a young Greek boy trapped in a conservative family who sought out drugs and gay nightlife. The music, generally constructed from samplers and other electronics, makes prominent reference to bouzouki and oud music in combination with ultra-fast rhythms derived from the disco and jungle dance scenes. Unlike many an adventurous composer who sticks a toe into a genre for this or that project, Brophy appears to have a genuine love for both disco schmaltz and sonic experimentation, resulting in pieces that respect both but bow to neither. In some ways, the listener may think of this as an updating of the sort of forays that Hector Zazou made into the area in the '80s. Although this disc is not recorded in Dolby surround sound like other releases of his, the recording quality is extraordinary in its immediacy. The second film, a short titled Paradise, revolves around a mermaid with a strained relationship to land, and the music turns suitably aqueous and misty. The generally soft, ambient quality of the music probably worked better as accompaniment than on its own, however, as it tends to meander a bit and fails to attain substantiality. It's an interesting disc and generates intrigue to see what else this composer has up his sleeve.
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AllMusic Review by Brian Olewnick