Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lights Out for Darker Skies

Bookish Brit rockers British Sea Power is set to release the soundtrack for the renowned 1934 film, Man of Aran. The Robert J. Flaherty docu-drama, which explores the hardships experienced by Aran islanders, is set for reissue in DVD format, with BSP's soundtrack on CD; it'll feature mostly new songs with a few reworkings of older tunes, including "The Great Skua" (featured in the clip below) and "North Hanging Rock."

In a press release, guitarist Martin Noble explained, "The images vary between huge drama and a brilliant kind of ridiculousness - check out the amazing foot-wide bobbled berets that the fishermen wear. It’s a great look, like a 1930s Irish version of Jack White or Kraftwerk. It’s a film that’s also relevant to the current era – a time when the idea of living a simpler life is in the air. The film shows something I'd like to think I could do, but know I never will."

Man of Aran won the Grand Prix at the 1935 Venice Film Festival. British Sea Power will also celebrate the soundtrack release by performing it in its entirety (alongside the film) at the Dukes of York Cinema in Brighton, England on April 18th and again on April 23rd at the British Film Institute in Southbank. SO WISH I could be there!

British Sea Power - "The Great Skua" set to Man of Aran:

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