Combining the best of two worlds of classic cinema scores, the Night Terrors‘ Pavor Nocturnus is an absolute blast. Working in tandem as it does with sci-fi theremin and a huge pipe organ, all of this album sounds akin to modern rescore of something like Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires — horror in space, essentially.
Recorded on the largest pipe organ in the western hemisphere, which stands an astonishing 32 feet high and uses two motors to power the whole thing, one at 15 horsepower, and the other at 20. The sound this thing is far more powerful than any synthesizer could ever hope to be. There’s just a deep resonance to Pavor Nocturnus I’ve not heard in a recording before. The grandiosity of the pipe organ actually allows for quite a study in contrasts.
For those whose only exposure to Irish music comes in the form of the Pogues, Stiff Little Fingers, or the Cranberries, there’s a wide-open field of music to choose from. Finders Keepers has compiled “rare, unheralded and unreleased music that emerged in Ireland following the first wave of punk and new wave bands.” The collection is Strange Passion, and is due out on CD, LP, and download on July 17 via Finders Keepers imprint Cache Cache.
If the rest of the comp is even 10% as good as the sample track they’ve put out there — Major Thinkers’ “Avenue B” — this is going to be a fantastic selection of music. I’ve not had a song so entrance me since hearing Chrome’s “Electric Chair” for the first time several years ago. There’s just something about sinuous nature of the guitar work and the way it wraps itself around the pleasure center of your brain.