One Liners: ‘Ad Astra,’ Drum & Lace, Nadia Vaeh, ‘Madman,’ Åyusp

It’s been busy here in Vehlinggoland (send help), but I wouldn’t want you to miss these releases. I enjoy them immensely and think you might, too.

Drum & Lace – “Crybaby”

Vehlinggo favorite Drum & Lace (Sofia Hultquist) has released a fantastic extended version of what she wrote for Andrew Huang’s 4 Producers 1 Sample YouTube series.

Max Richter, Lorne Balfe, and Nils Frahm — Ad Astra Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Director James Gray’s Ad Astra is an extraordinarily shot, well acted, and thoughtful film, and something of that caliber demands great music. The score delivers. Primary composer Max Richter, along with Lorne Balfe and Nils Frahm, straddle the boundaries of electronic and orchestral sounds to craft a score that helps us join Brad Pitt as he thinks deeply about his place in the universe, his relationships, and humanity’s greater goals for itself. This is a crucial release for your collection.

Steve Horelick – Madman soundtrack

Stop the presses! MONDO/Death Waltz has released Steve Horelick’s score to classic 1980s slasher flick Madman. The score is an onslaught of often raw analogue synths — the early kind that had a rough edge to them. Buy the vinyl now.

NAdia Vaeh – ‘1,000 Cuts’

Its slow-burning, cinematic strut provides a delectably haunting backdrop for Nadia Vaeh’s Gaga-esque lead vox.

Åyusp – “Trans-Edale Express”

Sheffield, England, synths that bleed kosmische crossed with Orbital.


(Editor’s Note: As established in this post, the One-Liners column is a concise but meaningful way to highlight Vehlinggo-recommended releases. It’s not exactly weekly, but it can be. Entries are almost never one line, but they could be. Check out the most recent one.


(Feature photo is a cropped version of the Ad Astra soundtrack cover art.)

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