Soundtrack to Film Festival's Victoria takes electronica to another level
ELECTRONICA Nils Frahm Victoria Film Soundtrack (Southbound) Four Stars★★★★
Victoria is a film which screens in the New Zealand International Film Festival. It concerns a young girl caught up with a youth gang intent on a robbery. So in my mind's eye I have a vision of fast-paced non-stop action and a soundtrack that matches. So I am perplexed and puzzled but also intrigued by this work, which is a series of electronic blips, loops, single piano notes, and viola and bowed cello strings amongst others. Initially I had dismissed the disc as self-indulgent, but something kept me drifting back to it. Perhaps it reminded me of Demark's Efterklang and the attempt to take electronic music to another level. Nils Frahm, who is German, has a dozen albums under his belt and I'm presuming that his early influences would have been the kraut rock pioneers Tangerine Dream or Kraftwerk. Then again Frahm's father was a designer of album covers for the ECM label, so would have met the musicians Keith Jarrett or Eberhard Weber in his youth, who may have given him inspiration.