CHRIS BROKAW ROAD (OST)
(LP *JellyFant 2011 * cat# jayf 11) * file under Original Soundtrack
Road Theme (Cape Breton) / Camera / Dating (Early Beats) Booze / Bloody Grass / Road Punk/Dub Theme / Looking For Margaret 2 / Chinatown / Road Opening Theme / Banjo Haiku / Walking For Gas / Hotel Noise / Very Andromeda Strain / Road Indie Theme / Cleaning The River / Dating (Short) / Looking For Margaret 1 / Oswald Suite / Road Closing Theme
In 2005 Brokaw worked together with filmmaker Leslie McCleave for "Road", and to coincide with the release of the strip on www.roadthemovie.com the Oberhausen connoisseur label Jellyfant released Brokaw's instrumental soundtrack in a really nice vinyl-only edition.
"Some of it sounds like 'rock music' (with a complete band), the rest is less richly orchestrated," Brokaw reveals. "There's a 'theme song' (in different versions) and some attempts at 'regional music', including my attempt to simulate a hurdy gurdy with a bowed guitar.
Brokaw sees the fact that the film music was awarded a prize at the Brooklyn International Film Festival above all as an incentive to continue working in this field:
"It showed me that my ideas and my choice of means were not idiotic and that I could possibly add something new to this art form. I have the feeling that there is a lot of competition in this field, yet I would like to do more as long as Danny DeVito doesn't lean over my shoulder and tell me to make it sound a little more like Madonna. I probably wouldn't be any good at that."
CHRIS BROKAW & HOLLY ANDERSON - THE NIGHT SHE SLEPT WITH A BEAR
(LP *JellyFant 2017 * cat# jayf 41) * file under Original Soundtrack
The Theory Of Everything / Ice Cave / Signe / Boilermakers / Bliss Frag. / Honeymoon / Mesostic 1 / Boys On Ponies / Mesostic 2 / A Piee Of Pie / Mesositc 3 / Born Swallow Ballet / Recipe For Returning / Blue Story / Red Story / Ranch House Redux / 4am Wonder Room / Maiden Fish / Black Story / Black Bear / Deadfish Pension / Time To Drive / 1927 / O Holy Night / The Night She Slept With A Bear / Mesostic 4 / Mesostic 5 / Mesostic 6 / Mesostic 7 / Mesostic 8 / Mesostic 7+8 / Black Bear Mesostic / Popcorn Chicken Snack Boxes / Mother And Daughter / Sheherazade v. 2
Holly Anderson may be a writer and poet in the first place, but the American has always had a close relationship with music. After all, the Boston post-punk heroes Mission Of Burma set their lyrics "Mica" to music 35 years ago, and another Boston jack-of-all-trades, Chris Brokaw (Codeine, Come etc.), also interpreted one of her lyrics on his EP "My Confidante" 15 years ago.
For the book of poems "The Night She Slept With A Bear" she recently got together with Brokaw again, because the book also came out with a soundtrack that is similarly free-spirited as the lyrics. With 35 often emphatically short instrumental pieces, which are sometimes more atmosphere than music in the true sense of the word, Brokaw congenially accompanies Anderson's "collection of flash fictions and mesostic poems" and carries the listener off into a hallucinogenic other-world between dream and reality, with which in the most exciting moments he almost seems to dock to Cabaret Voltaire's legendary film music for "Johnny Yesno" and yet effortlessly manages to swerve to bluegrass infected banjo numbers. Now available on vinyl for the first time, this soundtrack is a feast for all friends of Brokaw's experimental streak.
Comes with six double sided prints of poems and artwork by Susan Archie (Grammy winner for Charlie Patton´s "Screamin' & Hollerin' the Blues" and "Goodbye, Babylon: Gospel, Sacred Music and Sermons")