Various Artists

Kill the Moonlight

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The soundtrack to the low-budget indie film Kill the Moonlight is appropriately filled with lo-fi singer-songwriters and indie-rockers, most of them quite obscure. Then there's Beck. All three of his contributions -- "Leave Me on the Moon," "Last Night I Traded My Soul's Innermost for Some Pickled Fish" and "Underwater Music" -- could have fit in on Stereopathetic Soul Manure, which makes sense, since the film dates from the early '90s, before his breakthrough with Mellow Gold. They're interesting songs, especially the country "Leave Me on the Moon," but they're essentially just for completists. The rest of the artists -- including the Pussywillows, Dynamics, Raunch Hands, Pam Aronoff, Powder Monkeys, Delta Garage, Thomas Hendrix and World Famous Blue Jays -- are share a similar aesthetic, if not sound, with Beck, and many of their contributions match, if not surpass, his own songs on the record. And that means Kill the Moonlight is an obscurity worth seeking out for hardcore fans of early-'90s indie-rock.

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