Star Wars: The Force Awakens [OST] [Holographic Vinyl] (LP)

Awaken the Force in your personal collection with this new hologram vinyl version of the original motion picture soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which includes the score by composer John Williams, liner notes by the film’s director J.J. Abrams, and a 16-page booklet. The double LP on 180-gram vinyl is hand etched by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science (the same guy who did Jack White’s Lazaretto), offering a 3D hologram experience with the Millennium Falcon on Disc 1/Side B and a TIE Fighter on Disc 2/Side B. The score, composed and conducted by five-time Academy Award-winning composer Williams, exceeds the packaging in terms of excitement, projecting epic scenes of action more magical than those Tristan Duke etchings. Building off the musical universe he has been building with Lucas since 1977, Williams introduces five new themes to the cannon, including very memorable leitmotifs for newbie characters Rey and Kilo Ren.

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Atomic [OST] (CD)

Mogwai – the Scottish purveyors of contemplative, swirling, cinematic instrumentals – have certainly found an extracurricular niche scoring diverse projects such as the documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, Darren Aronofsky's film The Fountain, and French TV series Les Revenants. Their latest album, Atomic, is a re-recording of their soundtrack to the Mark Cousins' Hiroshima documentary for the BBC, Storyville - Atomic: Living In Dread & Promise. More of an art-piece than a documentary, Storyville deals with the horror, fear, innovation, and hope surrounding the events of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb with images and moods as opposed to a structured narrative. Mogwai’s Atomic matches the film’s contrasts at every turn with their trademark shifts from shimmering minimalism to grand noise-oriented rock, sometimes in a sinister vein. The dualities of the modern world – innovation and obliteration – are heard in these revelatory shifts. 

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Alice Through The Looking Glass [OST] (CD)

Danny Elfman never lets us down. Be it the bold and cold Batman and Batman Returns scores, the thrillingly heroic and silly Pee-wee's Big Adventure soundtrack, or the iconic and ubiquitous “The Simpsons Theme,” his music has been the soundtrack to the lives of the modern escapists. If you were born in the 1960s or later, Danny Elfman is your Erich Wolfgang Korngold, setting moods in exotic locals and freeing our minds to ridiculous adventure. Say what you will about this latest addition to the collection of Johnny Depp CGI and cosmetic fiascoes, but Elfman delivers in his dependable and effusive way for the Alice Through the Looking Glass soundtrack. Themes and melodies twist and glide, from major key valleys down into minor key caverns and gullies, then resolve somewhere in between. The soundtrack also features Pink’s out-of-place but bumping “Just Like Fire.”

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