The Grahame Miller and Steve Shill soundtrack to the the British dub of the Polish Moomins 'Fuzzy Felt' animation is properly fucking fantastic.Moominmama wrote:All nice things are good for you
It's genuinely astonishing music and it's something of a genius move to put it out, I remember being totally charmed by the theme, I bought the DVD for the kids and getting this release is something of a dream for me.Finders Keepers wrote:Imagine, if you will, a foreboding homemade electro-acoustic, new age, synth driven, proto-techno, imaginary world music Portastudio soundtrack for a Polish-made animated fantasy based on a Finnish modern folk tale and created for German and Austrian TV, composed in 1982 by two politically driven post-punk theatre performers from a shared house in Leeds!
To even the most perspicacious and adventurous of alternative music fans the genuine bloodline of this previously unreleased record already begins to sound like an entire record collection in one sitting. It would be surprising if this project’s ambitious and exotic credentials didn’t tick at least one box on your musical matrix and without one drop of unnecessary nostalgic hyperbole this project already sounds like the perfect fantasy record that you’ve never heard. Alternatively we could just say The Moomins and, for many, things would instantly begin to make perfect sense.
From the same social landscape as Gang Of Four, The Mekons and Impact Theatre Co-operative – armed with a Wasp synthesiser, an ocarina and a cassette of the Robinson Crusoe music taped off the TV, Graeme Miller and Steve Shill used minimum means for maximum mayhem, instilling over 35 years of dreamlike illusory fuzziness and freakiness into the memories of a generation of school age TV addicts waiting for the next 5 minute fix of outernational fuzzy felt folklore. Collected here, all in one place for the first time, Finders Keepers in close collaboration with the original composers finally bring the original homemade micro-melodies and reintroduce them to a musical landscape where fans of vintage electronics, concrète tape effects, pocket percussion and domestic synths are finally ready to be reunited with the magnetic music of Moominvalley.
I was luck enough to get one of the presale Snorkmaiden 'pleather' editions but it's going to be out in Feb and well worth the preorder which is up in various places.
You can listen to the whole thing here; Graeme Miller & Steve Shill - The Moomins
I particularly recommend Midwinter Rites which comes from this brilliant and quite scary episode; Moomin 27: The Winter Bonfire. It really reminds me of Andrew Liles - The Great Beast In Outer Space (Josè Manuel Rework) which is one of the best 12's of the year IMO.
The fuzzy felt Finders Keepers Moomin Christmas version of Silent Nightis ace too but sold out in physical form in less than 30 minutes.
I almost put this in the obscure Post Punk thread since in many ways it's closer to minimal synth bedroom oddballs like Malcolm Brown (Scotland) than it is to most things.