PHILIP SEL­WAY

Let Me Go – Of­fi­cial Sound­track BELLA UNION First film score from Ra­dio­head’s dark horse.

Prog - - Limelight - CR

With two fine solo al­bums, Fa­mil­ial and Weather­house, Philip Sel­way has al­ready proved that he’s a vi­able mu­si­cal force away from the Ra­dio­head drum stool, but this is his most im­pres­sive project yet. The sound­track to Polly Steele’s film of Helga Sch­nei­der’s mem­oir, it rises to the story’s se­ri­ous themes (fam­ily, loss and Auschwitz) with a re­fined, gen­tle touch, man­ag­ing to stir the emo­tions while never sac­ri­fic­ing in­ti­macy for the sake of pomp. Of course it’s fool­ish and re­duc­tive to box Sel­way as ‘the drum­mer’ any­way, his mu­si­cal con­tri­bu­tions to Ra­dio­head hav­ing been so much more di­verse.

Here he brings in gor­geous strings (ar­ranged by

Laura Moody), elec­tron­ics, glock­en­spiels and vi­bra­phones. Lou Rhodes (Lamb) sings Walk with un­der­stated pres­ence, while Sel­way sings two tracks with skil­fully re­pressed ur­gency. His mo­tifs find pock­ets of warmth within the som­bre sub­ject and while there are ap­pro­pri­ately chilly, haunted diver­sions, there’s a kin­ship with the com­fort­ing melan­choly of David Syl­vian or John Mar­tyn, or the softly in­vig­o­rat­ing at­mos­pheres of Talk Talk. Let Me Go fills the room with a del­i­cate grace. Jonny Green­wood, watch your back!

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