In spring 2007 the American director Adrien Wayne Colón asked the demons if they could score a short film of his. The fifteen minute film, called The last of our kind, was set in a post-apocalyptic world following three young men to an inevitable end. This release is that film score plus one remix/cover for each song made by the demons and friends.
The six original songs of the score, sounding desolate but still quite haunting and beautiful, have been translated by the artists in diverse ways, ranging from PHerd's noisy guitar mashing pop to Sewer Election's drony tape recorder experiment, visiting Tyrone Miller's shoegaze loops along the way.
The internet exclusive And friends is the perfect soother of wait ache for the demons next full length album.
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To label And friends as the new record by this Swedish collective would be a misnomer. What is presented with And friends is a two sided offering. On the one side, Sanchez delivers electronically tinged minimalism in their score for American film director Adrien Colón's The Last of Our Kind. On the other side, the group allows different friends & label mates to raze & reconstruct each part of the original score, with more lo-fi mindsets working their individual magics.
With the premise of the film in mind, Sanchez have created a typically bleak soundscape for a post-apocalyptic world. The score proper provides Sanchez the opportunity to explore the limitations of all synthetic instrumentation. Much of the entire recording is void of guitar (save for 6) or standard percussion. It also allows the group to scale back some of the ambitious darkness of All systems are ghosts. While there is desperation in nearly every moment of the score, there are also passages of implied hope, such as when the rhythm begins to pulse in the shadows of 1, or the aforementioned guitar play of 6. 4 works a certain minimalism that plays like an estranged windham hill recording. With the premise of the film in mind, Sanchez have created a typically bleak soundscape for a post-apocalyptic world.
The remaining tracks are a piece by piece reworking of the score. With five different artists coming at this collection (the group retools 6 to an end that is more pleasing on its own merit). Label mate Jonassis O'Hara stirs up a hot retro number with the 'hardcore' take on 5. The gritty hollow sounds of the percussion would have found a home in the industrial goings on of the early 90's. PHerd's 'deconstructivists' vision of 2 also plays with the industrial tinged percussion, but the guitars are more lo-fi, perhaps treated to sound like they were recorded through a boombox. Perhaps the most 'organic' work comes from The Late Virginia Summers. Creating within 3, they provide the same original sense of calm within their seeming trademark xylophone work. The more traditional ambiance of 4 by Sewer Election is easily the most intriguing track of the collection, as it builds to fuzzed out bliss, all the while injecting fear of impending danger.
The label is quick to remind that this is not a new Sanchez record. N/A is quick to recommend And friends to anyone who thought the 28 days later soundtrack would have been near perfect without the Grandaddy track.
Nathan McGlothlin, n/a reviews