Disaster Passport: Score tape (Dagoretti Records, 2019)

March 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Disaster Passport: Score tape

Madison, Wisconsin quartet Disaster Passport composed an alternate score for a filming of Koyaanisqatsi last year. This recording presents the performance of the score, and it’s a warm, slowly unfolding piece of cosmic Americana. The band’s lineup consists of two banjo players, a baritone guitar player, and a percussionist. After a slow warmup, it moves into a series of rustic, hypnotic movements which seem to fuse bluegrass with desert blues (and probably other styles I’m not picking up on). It’s unhurried, with lots of vibrant soloing, but the music doesn’t stay in one place for too long. It never resembles the iconic Philip Glass score of the original, but its influence is unmistakable, particularly in the pacing of the score’s second half, which features soft hums/chants followed by rhythmic clapping. The full score can be downloaded from Bandcamp.

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