CHARLIE BRIGDEN IS A WRITER AND JOURNALIST BASED IN SOUTH WALES WHO SPECIALISES IN FILM AND FILM MUSIC WRITING. HE HAS A REPUTATION FOR AN INCISIVELY ANALYTIC AND ENTERTAINING STYLE AND CAN BE FOUND AT SUCH PLACES AS THE QUIETUS AND ROGER EBERT AS WELL AS WORKING FOR CLIENTS LIKE MONDO AND INDICATOR.

The Invada & Death Waltz X-mas Gift Guide

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fig.1: Weeks/Hickman

Yes, I know it's the 18th but it doesn't matter - here are the young men of Invada Records and Death Waltz Recording Co. - Redg Weeks and Spencer Hickman - telling you what should be on your lists this X-mas...

Redg BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW - Sinoia Caves (Death Waltz) Utter brilliance - by far my number one soundtrack to be released in 2014. Major jealousy that we didn't get to release this [clip].

Spencer THE HIRED HAND - Bruce Longhorne (Scissortail) Incredible score to a 1971 Peter Fonda film no one knows about [clips].

Spencer/Redg UNDER THE SKIN - Mica Levi (Milan) Do believe the hype. This score has pretty much been a game-changer in Hollywood this year with directors and music supervisors screaming out for something similar (and so far failing to get anything even remotely close) [clip].

Redg SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT /CHRISTMAS EVIL Spencer cheekily announced these just before the festive season. Great soundtracks - genius idea [clip].

Redg FAR CRY 3: BLOOD DRAGON - Power Glove (Invada) Two lawyers sent back from the streets of future, post apocalyptic Los Angeles 2043 [clip].

Spencer ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK - Bruno Nicolai (Finders Keepers) Bruno Nicolai's immense score to the odd occult giallo by Sergio Martino [link].

Redg THE KNICK - Cliff Martinez (Milan) Cliff is such a talent - few can get boast such an impressive catalogue. This is his best work since Spring Breakers [clip].

Redg THE IRON GIANT - Michael Kamen (Mondo) Classical score to my favourite ever animation gets a welcome LP release [clip].

Spencer UTOPIA, SEASON 1 - Cristobal (Silva Screen) Cristobal's soundtrack to the Channel 4 series has been getting rave reviews and it's not hard to see why - unbelievable! [link]

Redg NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR - Charlene Brown (NoVisibleScars/Vinegar Syndrome) A 7" sent to me by Seb from One Way Static Records. Side A pure 80's cheese-rock : Side B some instrumental piano to counter-act the guitar solo's on the flip [clip].

Redg STREET TRASH - Rick Ulfick (Lunaris) Superb soundtrack to one of the most ridiculous, yet entertaining films ive ever seen [clips].

Spencer FROM OUT HERE - The Advisory Circle (Ghost Box Music) A great record inspired by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop [link].

Spencer/Redg SURF NAZIS MUST DIE - Jon McCallum (Strange Disc) Another welcome gift from One Way Static - huge mid to late 80's soundtrack that will be in a lot of people's end of year charts [clip].

Redg WARNING SIGN - Craig Safan (Invada) A personal project of mine to licence and release this (just at the end of 2014).the first score allegedly made solely using the Synclavier synthesiser. Extremely dark & haunting [clips].

Redg COLD IN JULY - Jeff Grace (Milan) Another gem of a release from Milan Records - available now digitally, forthcoming on LP in 2015 [clip].

Redg WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - Primus with The Fungi Ensemble  (Prawn Song) Not so much a soundtrack more a 're-imagined score' from one of the most barmy (yet multi million selling) alternative rock bands. This is excellent and totally worthy picking up [clip].

Spencer THE BLACK MILL TAPES VOL. 3/4 - Pye Corner Audio (PCA) Exceptional electronic work that sounds like the greatest film music never recorded [link].

Redg GONE GIRL - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Columbia) This works a lot better in the film as opposed to a stand-alone piece of music but still a strong soundtrack and you can tell from the first note its a 'Reznor' production [clip].

Spencer EATEN ALIVE - Roberto Donati (Kronos Records) Roberto Donati's score to the notorious cannibal flick is the best possible music to eat arms by [link]

Redg HANNIBAL, SEASON 1/2 - Brian Reitzell (Invada) One of the most ambitious projects I've ever worked on. 4 double LP's of modern classical mixed with dark electronic ,intricate minimal compositions [clip].

Spencer RUNNING FROM THE SUN - Chromatics The experts from Drive with another LP of essential material [link].

Redg THE VISITOR - Franco Micalizzi (Mondo) Not normally into anything too 'funky' but this is excellent & has stayed near my turntable for the majority of the year. Music aside Mondo did a fantastic job with the entire packaging of the LP [clip].

Spencer ESCAPE FROM WITCHTROPOLIS - Espectrostatic (Trouble In Mind) This cannot really be described. Just close your eyes and think of the greatest electro-score around, and you're there [link].

FOW Christmas: Turbulence

FOW Christmas: Turbulence

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