Friday, March 21, 2014

"Last Summer" (Featuring Kevin Shields) Exemplifies Composer Brian Reitzell's Maximal Approach to Minimalism

Posted by on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Photo by Hannibal director David Slade / Smalltown Spersound
  • Photo by Hannibal director David Slade / Smalltown Supersound
When Brian Reitzell's "Last Summer" first started to play, I thought, "Well, that's nice," thinking that I'd forget all about it before it ended, except that it gets more dramatic as it goes along, especially as the mechanical beats give way to Dave Lombardo-like drumming. It never comes to a complete boil, but that's cool. I had a long day yesterday; I'm not sure I would've found that especially appealing.

Instead, it builds in intensity until it has nowhere else to go, but out the door and towards the heavens, like a wayward pigeon with a flock to find. If you like Massive Attack, Mogwai, and Explosions in the Sky, you might like this, too.

Not so coincidentally, Brian Reitzell, who lives in Los Angeles, also composes for film and TV, and his list of credits includes Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring and NBC's Hannibal (my favorite network drama). Since the 1990s, Reitzell has also worked with Redd Kross, Air, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), and Mark Hollis (Talk Talk). On this track, he roped in My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields to play the organ (Tim Young handles the guitar duties).

I'll admit it's got a "soundtrack" vibe, like Massive Attack's "Teardrop," but I see that as a plus (and I'll always associate that song with the Fox series House).

Smalltown Supersound releases Reitzell's debut, Auto Music, on June 3rd.


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Kathy Fennessy 5
@4 Not twee to these ears...then again, Hannibal is the anti-twee of TV shows. It earns those--repeated!--viewer advisory warnings. And I love it.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on March 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM · Report this
@2 I agree, nice track. Glad you posted it KF
Posted by I'm OK, You're OK on March 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 3
@1 I'm sorry. @2 My pleasure.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on March 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Dug it. Thanks for posting.
Posted by Oast on March 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Womyn2me 1
What the hell are all these twee music posts doing on the SLOG? I thought music had it's own blog. One I never had to visit... what a pain in the ass, climbing over what seems like an excessive amt of postings. Could they not all go in a joint post, like the morning news?
Posted by Womyn2me http://http:\\ on March 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM · Report this

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