Official release website: http://sleepinglions.plmsoundtracks.com
Third in a series of soundtrack releases by Alexandra Benedict & Tris Taylor, Sleeping Lions comes packaged with new remixes by Neotropic and Benbo, and cover art by the film's director Oliver Crowther.
‘Sleeping Lions’ was composed without reference to picture.
Instead, Crowther briefed Benedict & Taylor with a list of estimated timings, and references to Tarkovsky and classic French cinema.
The film has remained unseen since its premiere at the Curzon Renoir in 2010.
The soundtrack is presented here in its entirety – a Debussy-esque waltz for piano, violin, Wurlitzer and percussion, set in a cocoon of sound effects and design – balloon bumps, dogs barking, and flagpoles in the wind.
Neotropic's remix refigures it as a stately, layered choral/found sound piece, building to almost-triumphant peaks before falling away into disorientating drones and faraway calls.
Benbo's remix submerges a 303, 808 and 909 under the waltz, creating bubbles of melancholic acid house to soundtrack a sad Ibizan pool party.
Alexandra Benedict fronted The Black Tulips and has composed for award-winning films and broadcast TV. As A.K. Benedict, her short stories and poems have appeared in various anthologies and her first novel, The Beauty of Murder, is published by Orion.
Tris Taylor trained on cello and saxophone before abandoning instruments in favour of decks and DJing alongside Freeform Five and Mixmaster Morris. Trading his records for his first studio in 2003, he has gone on to compose, produce and write with artists on four continents. http://tristaylor.com
Riz Maslen (Neotropic) is one of the most prominent composers working in post-techno experimental electronics. Her music has been released on Ninja Tune, Mush Recordings, Squid Eye and Architects and Heroes. Kew Gardens, Bow Arts Open and the ENO have commissioned and selected her sound design and composition work. She is currently working on a new album and a supergroup project with Oliver Cherer called Non Blank. http://neotropic.net
Benbo's songs, productions and remixes have appeared on BBE, 2TUF 4U and Dizzy Tiger, and his drawings in Amelia's Magazine, No 1 Fake and on album covers for Selerac and Pan Electric. He has been signed to Cooking Vinyl for several years as a songwriter and is working with Gordon Raphael and Mandy Parnell to finalise mixes and masters for a long-awaited début album. http://benbo.ninja
PLM Soundtracks is an imprint of Pink Lizard Music, which was set up by Benbo to provide publishing, label and representation services to a family of unique independent artists including The Fatty Acids, Neotropic and Otti and the Voices.
Previous releases in this series:
Alexandra Benedict & Tris Taylor: Shackled – Original Soundtrack [PLMS1]
Alexandra Benedict & Tris Taylor: Habibti – Original Soundtrack [PLMS2]