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.

Nightcrawler (Vinyl)

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James Newton Howard's score for Dan Gilroy crime flick Nightcrawler may be unconventional compared to what people are used to hearing - his music for the M. Night Shayamalan films come to mind - but this is absolutely a good thing. Standing out immediately is a strong use of electric guitar, but what follows feels like a mix of witty plays on his own work and grimy textures and thudding percussion as a comment on the sleazy "nightcrawler" of the title. But what stands out is the Eno-esque colour that permeates the score, at odds with the fraught-with-danger atmosphere and feeling like a delusional attainment of morality. People talk about mainstream composing not having an edge sometimes, but it's here - you just need to focus on it. Invada's vinyl release is a lovely one, the vinyl sounding beautiful and clear but still retaining the layer of ethereal bullshit that Howard added for Jake Gyllenhaal's philosophy. -CB

Nightcrawler will be available later this year from Invada Records in two different sleeve designs - you can see them here at Bloody Disgusting

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