REVIEW: JOHANN JOHANNSSON – SICARIO SOUNDTRACK 0 256

After a much praised premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, director Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Sicario’, starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and James Brolin will go on UK general release on October 9th. Johannsson, the composer of the soundtrack, is a Golden Globe winner as well as an Oscar and BAFTA nominee, so needless to say, expectations surrounding this collection are high.

This soundtrack opens with ‘Armoured Vehicle’ and offers up quite a surprise. Don’t be tricked into turning up the volume as a result of how softly it starts, as before long, the sound level, as well as the enjoyment, rises sharply. Following on from that is ‘The Beast’, full of percussion and a synth that claws at you from the moment it begins, so it’s a shame that as the piece draws to an end, it does so with a moaning whimper than the bang and roar it perhaps should.

Fortunately, ‘The Border’ fares better – it’s heavier, grittier and a perfect to accompaniment to the film it’s attached to. The same can be said for ‘Drywall’ and there’s a menacing aura about it, notably during the opening forty-five seconds as it reaches a crescendo. It’s a shame therefore that ‘Explosion’ doesn’t quite live up to its name, and is likely to find itself being overlooked by many who give it a listen.

The cello on ‘Desert Music’ means the piece is somewhat monotone and depressing, although the mood is lifted slightly thanks to the synth-led underscore. The menacing, dark underscore returns via ‘Target’ although in all honesty the moments of sound interspersed with complete silence are a little aggravating. ‘Convoy’ meanwhile doesn’t offer anything particularly different or exciting, but there’s something strange about the piece that makes it worthy of a repeat listen.

The next few tracks ‘The Bank’, ‘Surveillance’ and ‘Reflection’ are some of the best the soundtrack has to offer and are suitably placed among the collection, while ‘Melancholia’, coming in at close to five minutes in length is far longer than it needs to be and may yet find itself being cut off half way through by those who have heard enough.

Things improve thanks to the arrival of ‘Night Vision’, and the score once again pays close attention to the darker, deeper and more mysterious side of things, which works strongly in its favour, but ‘Tunnel Music’ is excessive in terms of both length and the overpowering cacophony of noise it delivers.

There’s a sense of walking down a dark alley alone (bad idea!) that plays throughout ‘Fausto’, which is the only good thing it offers, while the subdued mood/atmosphere continues throughout ‘Balcony’ and the piercing ‘call’ that features on ‘Soccer Game’ makes it a standout piece, as does the way in which the musicianship and production of the track come together so well.

Closing number ‘Alejandro’s Song’ brings back the piercing call/whistle, which is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, so it’s disappointing that the piece is let down by the 5 minute plus length – had the track been 3 minutes instead of closer to 6, it’s likely the end result would have been much more impactful.

This soundtrack is not the easiest or most enjoyable to listen to, but with those critics who have seen the film for which it was written and composed praising both the actors and Johannsson for their work, it may yet find itself earning a bigger, more appreciative audience come mid-October.

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CEO FIELDS UNVEILS HIS BRAND NEW SINGLE “YOURS” 0 34

It’s amazing what an idea can do. After dropping out of college and moving to LA, following managing a big pet boutique for a while, CEO Fields had the idea to launch his own fitness company for dogs. With business going well, Fields went on to invest his profits wisely and made his first million in two years.

This rags to riches story was personified and showcased for all to see and hear on Fields’ debut single “25/8” , which highlighted just how far perseverance and dedication to what you do can get you and now, with his business established, his position in the music world set on a solid foundation and his following on the rise, he’s sharing his latest work in the form of new single “Yours”, which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.

Asked about the new release, Fields says:

“Yours is my version of a love song for the Boss Woman out there that has my heart and all of my attention. After ’25/8′ I wanted to speak to the women so that they know I have something for them too. It’s a fun song, both empowering and raunchy.”

Give “Yours” a listen below and for more information on CEO Fields, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

HARRISON CALDEIRA PRESENTS HIS NEW SINGLE “MAN UP” 0 41

Music is a HUGE part of Harrison Caldeira’s life. After being diagnosed with MS back in 2011, a diagnosis that at one point left him without mobility in his hands and feet, he found a new determination to be a part of a world that had provided him with so much pleasure throughout his life. After re-learning to play the guitar and while constantly working on his general health and well-being, he wrote and recorded his rather acoustic sounding EP, The Equinox, which was released back in 2017. Since then, Caldeira has spent the past couple of years writing and recording, taking the time to hone his craft and experiment more with his electric guitar.

Following on from the release of his previous singles “Friends With Benefits” and “Silence”, he’s now unveiled his latest work, a track titled “Man Up” and ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to give the song its premiere.

Asked about the story and meaning behind the song, which fuses together soulful vocals with an electro-pop led sound, Caldeira says:

“Growing up, I was a really sensitive kid. I remember being told to “man up” when I tried to express myself. I love this song because it’s like an anthem to my younger self. Being that vulnerable person is who I truly am. So I wanted to turn that whole expression on its head to let people know that it’s cool to express yourself, and that being vulnerable is actually a strength.”

Give “Man Up” a listen below and for more information on Harrison Caldeira, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.