JOHN ATKINSON +
Plains LP - $17
Two Plains & A Fancy, the third film by Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn, was hailed by The New Yorker as “the most imaginative and visionary” Western of recent years and is now receiving a theatrical release. Central to the film’s atmosphere is its arid yet spacious score, a collaboration between Talya Cooper (previously of Household) and John Atkinson (of Aa), whose soundtrack for Asasin in Lege was the inaugural Florabelle release.
As an LP, Plains grows out of elements of the film’s original score, but it’s also very much its own thing—a quartet of glimmering, weightless pieces that, free from the need to score certain scenes of certain lengths, unfold and envelope at their own pace. Anchoring the album is the side-long “Chillien”, a delicate, harmonic bloom punctuated by the whirs and clicks of Cooper’s guitar and voice. Atkinson, taking control of the processed elements of composition, allows the b-side sequence to grow more expansive and dynamic with each track, maintains an unmistakably warm glow. This is ambient music with an appreciable sense of landscape and scale.
This LP is limited to 100 copies and includes a digital download of both Plains AND the original soundtrack to Two Plains & A Fancy—allowing you to enjoy both albums and appreciate their singularity and relationship to each other.