Satan is My Brother, from Milan, have recorded eight movements inspired by â€śLâ€™inferno,â€ť an early Italian silent film, now 100 years old. Â Dante and Virgilâ€™s underworld journey as realized in the film of course looks its age, but is an extraordinarily inventive and impressive piece of cinema for its, or any, time. Musicians have been long fascinated by this work; most famously Tangerine Dream who did a (very uneven) soundtrack for it. â€śA Forest Darkâ€ť isnâ€™t a proper soundtrack, but is music inspired by the film.
â€śMovimento Iâ€ť emerges from nothingness with horns, cymbals, and shadowed frequencies stirring like steam from a cauldron and segues effortlessly into the secod movement’s slow vibes and bass grooving nonchalant under a hunted sky, uncoiling into free time and synching up again. â€śIIIâ€ť is faster, more prog, with horns playing â€śoutâ€ť and whipping up a mighty din to be followed by â€śIVâ€ťâ€™s subtle laptop chatter and unsubtle closed-fist keyboard mashing.
â€śVâ€ť walks a menacing slow dirge procession into the sixth movementâ€™s refined, bass driven fusion that lets chaos grow into order and ends up as if by accident locked into meterless electro-acoustic orbit. On â€śVIIâ€ť keys and horns wind upward over languid bass and are lost in sheets of ambient cobwebs, melting into the final movement, growing incrementally frantic, each player holding nothing back until the fever breaks and the ensemble retreats into previous themes to create resolution.
This record gets stronger with every play. Each movement becomes more unique while the record becomes more unified as a whole. Influences are evident- the telepathic collectivity of the Arkestra, the cinematic noir of Badalamenti, the spell of electric Miles- but I wouldnâ€™t call this derivative. This album is perfectly composed and decomposed, well worth loosing your way in.