BACK IN STOCK!
This release brings us not one but TWO unreleased scores from the master of jazz and filmic oddness, Basil Kirchin!
The first score, Primitive London marks Kirchin's first foray into film music. The date is 1965, the film is the first UK âmondoâ style documentary, with Kirchin's distinctive sound accompanying the sleazy underbelly of the Capitals days and nights. Accompanying this first ever release of the Primitive London score is another, even more obscure and unreleased treat, and thats Kirchin's music for The Freelance. This is a gangland oddity set in London, shot in 1971 and starring Ian McShane.
The two scores represent interesting times in Kirchin's musical life and development. The first score pre-dates his work for de Wolfe and KPM, but proves that many of his signature sounds and techniques were already in place. The instant and insistent rhythms are present, as are the melancholic chords and the well forged melodies. You'll also catch a touch of intense darkness and his brilliant and quite unorthodox approach to music in general. And by the time we get to The Freelance in the breaking 1970s, we have his musical style well and truly developed, with free jazz experiments mixing with his other signatures and even a touch of optimism is present as the new decade unfolds!