Il Collo a la Collana & Libanon

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Released as Il Collo e la Collana under his moniker Rayon, Markus Acher's soundtrack to Eleonora Danco's 2015 film N-Capace is a brief but beguiling work consisting of gentle loops and acoustic instruments. He samples bits of shadowy strings and eerie vocals which are coated in fuzzy vinyl crackle, making them feel delicate as well as nostalgic. He deftly incorporates the samples with piano, glockenspiel, guitar, bells, and many other instruments, as well as sampled beats and drum machines. Most of the tracks on the album's second half are a minute or two in length, and feel more like sketches, but they're just as lovely as the more fully developed pieces. The CD also includes the entirety of Libanon, a 10" EP released in 2006, which consisted of pieces composed for Michael Shamberg's film MaƮtre, lihseb Please. These miniatures are even more brief and fragile, and are constructed from harmonium, cello, samples of Lebanese records, and some electronic manipulation, as well as a brief vocal cameo from the Concretes' Victoria Bergsman. Clicking, popping beats complement some of the selections, giving them an intriguing old-meets-new feel and enhancing their dreamlike qualities. The soundtrack begins and ends with variations on the same sorrowful cello theme, and seems to outline a dramatic, imaginative film during its 14-minute duration.

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