The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Musique De Film Imagine

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2015's Musique de Film Imaginé, practically abandons rock & roll altogether in favour of a suite of languid mood pieces inspired by Anton Newcombe's love of French film scores. While Newcombe has name-checked Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut as inspirations for this album, Musique de Film Imaginé sounds more like it would suit some Gallic thriller from the '60s about lovers caught up in a nefarious blackmail scheme, or maybe an early Jean Rollin picture about elegant vampires in the City of Lights. The melodies are elemental but powerfully evocative, while the arrangements and production mimic the tone of European pop and film music. While there's a faint hint of kitsch here and there, most of the time this is a sincere and honestly effective journey into a world where sounds merge with images, or at the very least, help the pictures do some of the emotional heavy lifting.

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