Americana (Original Music from the Film Wish You Were Here)

April 30, 2013 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Lakeshore Records
  • Total Length: 41:41
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  • ASIN: B00CMIIHDA
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Wish You Were Here is a small independent film that shouldn't get confused with the Joel Edgerton thriller from last year or the upcoming Zach Braff film taking Kickstarter by storm. This Wish You Were Here is about two brothers who encounter a woman on the run during their cross-country roadtrip, which ends up being a significant journey for all three. The score was written by Jordan Shapiro and the album is titled Americana because the heart of the film is exactly that. This isn't Copland or the Americana you traditionally think of such as in John Williams' Lincoln or Mark Isham's 42. This is a guitar based score that lacks a presence but somewhat works on the small level it establishes for itself.

I never like to mention budget or use that as an excuse but the film clearly is an extremely low budget venture. The score reflects that as it is very simple and almost entirely guitar based with a few added textures. Original songs are sprinkled in the score and have a country feel. The one thing the music does well is establish mood. The quiet strumming or pings of the guitar string immediately conjure images of a sun-soaked landscape that reflects a golden hue with the sound of wind and buzzing insects in the ambience. When conflict arises in the story the music becomes more dissonant with a lot of electronic tones. This is probably where the music is least effective as the tones don't do much to support the narrative or characters. Again, this is a score of moods and tones, and it's trying to paint that with the dissonance. But for me I've always seen quiet dissonance as a way for the music to fade into the background which doesn't give it the presence it needs. Structurally the music doesn't progress as much as it should.
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