|1||Flower and Fruit||1:49|
|2||Over The Rainbow||4:29|
|4||Unselving I and II||1:55|
|6||Pressed In Glass I||2:48|
|7||Pressed In Glass II||2:32|
|8||Wonders Of New Technology||2:14|
|11||Aboard the Apollo||1:51|
The mighty HTRK follow-up their recent ‘Venus in Leo’ album with ‘Over The Rainbow’, their debut soundtrack for Jeffrey Peixoto's 2019 Scientology documentary. A rare and unexpected all-instrumental showreel by the shoegaze pop duo, their suite of original music is testament to a haunting soul that’s long lurked under the hood of their singular, hugely evocative sound.
Effectively a sort of dream come true for HTRK’s legion disciples, the soundtrack strips away their signature vocals and drum machines in a commission to fit the mood of Piexoto’s feature - a film that seeks to better understand Scientology through a range of perspectives, from psychologists to former members. HTRK use their considerable knack for conjuring haunting, heavy-lidded feels and ohrwurm hooks to map the mood, deploying a trademark, incisive sense of detachment that colours the film’s intersection of real beliefs and ideas of Scientology as a sect.
In the absence of Jonnine Standish’s vocals and Nigel Yang’s 808 boom, HTRK’s musick is pared to its essence of synths and electronics and painted in hazy, illusive strokes from a palette of smudged pastels mutual to both South California and the band’s native Australia. The result is a 13 part mosaic tiling hazy blue cues with aqueous ambient pads and baroque themes, playing out like the atmospheric strokes to LA noir in a way that silhouettes the film’s probing narrative and rhetoric and also reflects its fascination with American culture and the supernatural in a similar way to Eno’s ambient classics or Lynch flicks and their scores.
Ultimately ‘Over The Rainbow’ is an instant play-it-again entry to HTRK’s catalogue, one that supplies a sort of crystal ball window onto their practice and most subtly illuminates the duo’s masterful control of tonal sensitivity and floating, chamber-like composition. A massive recommendation to all lovers of classic ambient music, from Pinkcourtesyphone to Gigi Masin, AFX and Eno.