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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – Loin Des Hommes OST – Album Review

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – Loin Des Hommes OST – Album Review by Killian Laher

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have dipped into instrumental soundtrack work with increasing regularity in the last ten years, with 2010’s The Road arguably the pick of the bunch. Their latest soundtracks Loin Des Hommes, a French film set in Algeria. Perhaps the strongest moment is Mountain Scramble, featuring some atypical sweeping strings, though at two and a half minutes it’s gone before it gets a chance to go anywhere.

Otherwise, for those used to the pair’s more melodic soundtracks, this is a more esoteric beast, consisting mainly of drawn out droning violin with occasional sombre piano, and some decidedly odd-sounding chanting. What’s wrong with that you might ask? Not a thing actually, but the lack of a memorable track leaves the listener disinclined to return to this soundtrack, rendering this a ‘nice to have’ rather than a ‘must have’ Ellis / Cave collaboration.

Track List –

1. Far From Men
2. The Teacher
3. Bloody Cheche
4. Dead Horse
5. Setting Out
6. Mountain Scramble
7. Dust Storm
8. Bandits
9. The March
10. Berzina
11. Farewell at Tinguit
12. No Class Today
13. Teacher’s Farewell
14. Far From Men 2

Far From Men:

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