Nick Cave and Warren Ellis release their original film score for Loin des Hommes. The French film, written and directed by David Oelhoffen, is set in Algeria’s Atlas mountains in 1954, and stars Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb.
Loin Des Hommes sounds like the kind of film dirty old buggers Nick Cave and Bad Seed Warren Ellis would make the music for, but it translates simply as Far From Men, which was a 2014 French drama based on an Albert Camus short story. As the song titles – ‘Dead Horse’, ‘Dust Storm’, ‘No Class Today’ – suggest, Cave and Ellis’s score is impressionistic, and closely tied to the imagery and narrative of the film. The 14 tracks – almost entirely instrumental – play out as loose sketches of piano, violin and electronics, making for an ultra-sparse, carefully considered album.
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