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Saturday, July 26, 2008


Pray For Morning
Music by Vincent Gillioz
Spheris Records SR0701 (US)
24 Tracks 70:16 mins

I continue my coverage of the works of Swiss composer in Hollywood Vincent Gillioz with his score for Cartney Wearn's horror flick Pray For Morning, starring Udo Kier. Vincent received the Moondance Columbine Award for Best Score at the Moondance International Film Festival 2007 and I have to say it's pretty scary stuff, right from the opening track, "Abandoned Hotel," a mysterious, flowing harp, piano & strings piece with dark undertones. The piece is reprised on occasion, as in the opening of "The Puzzle" and in "Jealousy."
Much suspense and malevolence is to be found throughout the score, the composer on occasion employing similar inventive atmospheres as in The Irish Vampire Goes West, but these are often broken up by terrifying bursts of violent action, as in "Hide," "Topher" and the swirling wall of sound that concludes "Procter's Office," which also features a rather mournful cello solo, combining in "Procter" with a nostalgic waltz. The oboe and harp melody for the opening of "My Dad Was a Cop" is in fact one of the few moments of respite to be found.
The lengthy "Swirling" brings everything to a head to bring proceedings to a powerful close, with "Once Upon A Time..." ending the score and album again on a mysterious note, before a final intense and unsettling climax.
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