Morricone Youth: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog LP (Country Club Records, 2021)

October 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Morricone Youth: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog LP

The latest release from prolific film/soundtrack buffs Morricone Youth is their score for a 1927 Alfred Hitchcock silent film about the hunt for a serial killer in London. The group premiered their score on a Halloween screening of the film in 2013, and it was recorded between 2016 and 2020. The band starts the show off with spooky prog-rock similar to Goblin, but they switch to cool yet swinging jazz for “Golden Curls”, then “Fashion Show” has more of a chic French pop sound. The music gets more drawn out and suspenseful with the arrival of the lodger, but “Is the Lodger the Avenger?” is more rousing cafe-punk, with exuberant horns and rich, swelling Wurlitzer. “Waltz” is a trickily timed revisit of the score’s haunting theme. Curiously, the vinyl version rearranges the track listing so that the woozy, detached title piece that begins the digital version actually ends the LP.

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