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Cinematic Quality: Blanck Mass' Favourite Albums
James Benge , May 12th, 2015 13:12

He's just released his second solo album, Dumb Flesh, and is set to play tQ's stage at The Great Escape on Friday. Before that, the Fuck Buttons man gives James Benge the rundown of his top 13 records

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly OST
I think I need to start by saying I hadn’t seen any of the next three films before I became a fan of their soundtracks! It’s probably a backwards way of working but that Morricone theme is so iconic, for anything spaghetti western-based that’s the go-to theme. It’s so huge, it’s something that’s been with me forever. Before I even knew Ennio Morricone’s name I knew this; I’m a huge fan of him now, I saw his recent show at The O2.

Once you become more inquisitive as you get older you want to source them out for yourself. I came in contact with the whole soundtrack and completely loved it. I watched the film; it’s so long but there’s such a desolation and loneliness both to the soundtrack and the film, a triumphant kind of isolation which only Morricone does.

The palette he uses within that soundtrack is hugely unique and it’s obviously heavily cited as being influential, and for me too. I love so much of his stuff, The Mercenary as well, but it’s this soundtrack I always find myself going back to.


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