Black Swan OST – Clint Mansell

The actual reason for me going to Seismic Records on Saturday was to pick up a Limited Edition copy of the OST for ‘Black Swan’. This one is on white vinyl and limited to 500 copies. I’d seen what I think was the original release but it was prohibitively expensive, so much so that I took a picture of it:

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That’s right, £40, which is way more than I was prepared to pay but the limited edition was half that, for the same music and it’s an interesting artefact.

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The music itself is based on Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake, though heavily reworked, and in the film there is some new Chemical Brothers music, but that isn’t on the official soundtrack. The score is by Clint Mansell, who once upon a time was the lead singer of Pop Will Eat Itself and he does a great job. I can listen to this album as a piece of classical music, and it helps that there is some framework there from Swan Lake as it makes elements of it immediately recognisable.

The film itself is synopsised as follows: BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

1. “Nina’s Dream” 2:48
2. “Mother Me” 1:06
3. “The New Season” 2:39
4. “A Room of Her Own” 1:56
5. “A New Swan Queen” 3:28
6. “Lose Yourself” 2:08
7. “Cruel Mistress” 3:29
8. “Power, Seduction, Cries” 1:42
9. “The Double” 2:20
10. “Opposites Attract” 3:45
11. “Night of Terror” 8:01
12. “Stumbled Beginnings…” 3:51
13. “It’s My Time” 1:30
14. “A Swan Is Born” 1:38
15. “Perfection” 5:45
16. “A Swan Song (For Nina)” 6:23

Listen to the whole soundtrack below, if you like Swan Lake then you should enjoy this too I think:

Quite the W/E for vinyl buying 1

My good lady wife decided to buy me some records, I’m still not sure why, if there is an ulterior motive I’m sure it will reveal itself soon. Essentially I was in the rather nice position to be let loose in a record store and she would pay for whatever I picked up, to a certain monetary limit, which was £60.

Well, I thought I’d take the opportunity, which is very much a rarity, to try some new things and to look for bargains. I’ve been looking at ‘The Belly Of The Tarantula’ soundtrack for weeks, but it’s £32 so, while it was something I really wanted, I left it.

The first thing I picked up was ‘Into The Wide’ by Delta Spirit. I’ve never heard of them to be honest, however, what I held in my hands was a double vinyl in a gatefold die cut sleeve, and the vinyl was white. This made it very tempting, even more so because it was £5. It must have cost more than that to actually make it. So I chose it. As an object it really is a lovely thing. I’ve only listened to one side of one disc as yet but I definitely got my £5 worth:

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Label: Dualtone ‎– 80302-01674-14
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, White, 180g, Die-Cut
Country: US
Released: 09 Sep 2014
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock

Tracklist

A1 Push It
A2 From Now On
A3 Live On
B1 Take Shelter
B2 Hold My End Up
B3 Into The Wide
C1 Language Of The Dead

Written By – Delta Spirit, Heather Morgan

C2 For My Enemy

Written By – Delta Spirit, Marthe Vasquez

C3 Patriarch
D1 (Interlude)
D2 War Machine
D3 The Wreck

 

Running Total: £5.00