Bohren & der Club of Gore should have done the Blade Runner soundtrack

Tonight I saw the “Final Cut” version of Blade Runner, which is set to (finally) come out on DVD this December, but which has seen extremely limited public screenings — at a few film festivals, plus a couple theaters in New York and Los Angeles, and, very very oddly, a one-screen theater in Washington DC that’s a 15-minute walk from my house. Bizarre. The changes were subtle between this cut and the previously released “Director’s Cut” — the most obvious stuff was that this version is definitely a little more graphically violent. See this website for tons more info on this if you’re an SF film buff.

I’m writing about it here because I’ve been obsessively listening to Sunset Mission by Bohren und der Club of Gore for the past few days, and it strikes me that if Blade Runner had been made in the 90s instead of the 80s, this album would have made a perfect soundtrack to some of the quiet cityscape scenes in the film. Of course, Vangelis‘ soundtrack is very good (but not beyond reproach — I find it a little too intrusive at times and the “Love Theme” makes me cringe), but Sunset Mission seems perfectly tailored for this kind of thing. Despite the band name, these guys play a slow, smoky kind of cinematic music, with touches of jazz in the saxophone and Rhodes but also touches of metal in the mood and oppressiveness. The cover art of this album is a photo of a wet cityscape at dusk, and the music evokes that kind of dark urban noir perfectly. Thanks to some of the folks at ProgressiveEars for mentioning these guys offhand and making them sound so interesting that I immediately went and found this OOP album on eBay. Of course, I thought I was getting Sunn O)))-style drone metal with saxophone, but I’m pretty happy with this despite my foiled expectations.

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