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Dead Man (Soundtrack, Score)

Dead Man by Neil Young
Released: Feb 1996
Label: Vapor Records
Though serving as the soundtrack to director Jim Jarmusch's deeply visionary western, Young's music also stands on its own as a unique foray into experimental guitar; in this sense, it's not unlike Ry Cooder's exquisite score for Paris, Texas (another must-hear). Deconstructing the muddy noise he generates with Crazy Horse, he unfurls grimy cascades of feedback and prickly, reverb-soaked fingerpicking. It's all exquisitely haunting and ghostly, especially with the way snippets from the film (a mix of American Indian mysticism and William Blake poetry) have been worked into the music.
Justin Farrar
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