Ian Williams – Les Blessures Invisibles

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label [URL] Slaughterback
Released: 2020
Buy Album [URL] https://ianwilliams.bandcamp.com/album/les-blessures-invisibles-invisible-wounds
Band Website: ianwilliams.bandcamp.com

Band line-up:

Ian Williams – All Instruments & Composition

Tracklisting:

1. “C’est pas d’aujourd’hui ces montagnes” (“As old as the mountains”)
2. Les Blessures Invisibles 1 (Invisible Wounds 1)
3. Les Conséquences Toxiques (Toxic After-Effects)
4. “On avait des loisirs, on avait des voitures, on avait des taxis…” (“We had leisure activities, we had cars, we had taxis…”)
5. La Francevillite Qui Brille 1 (The Gleam Of Francevillite 1)
6. URA 235
7. “On fait la pêche” 1 (“We’d go fishing…”)
8. “C’est comme la guerre!” (“It was like a war zone!”)
9. La Francevillite Qui Brille 2 (The Gleam Of Francevillite 2)
10. “Mounana… je l’ai dans les veines” (“Mounana… it’s in my blood”)
11. Nuit Et Jour (Night And Day)
12. “On fait la pêche” 2 (“We’d go fishing…”)
13. Les Blessures Invisibles 2 (Invisible Wounds 2)
14. “Il ne faut pas vous baigner là” (“Swimming prohibited”)
15. La Radioactivié Enterrée (Buried Radioactivity)
16. Mounana
17. URA 235 (Radio Edit)

Review

Soundtracks are an element of movies that lots of film lovers overlook and are regularly ignored by film, television, and music critics. They are an underrated element of the art of film and can be used as a tool to reflect the tone of the story or what the director had in mind for the flick.

In this case, we have the soundtrack to a French documentary film: “Les Blessures Invisibles”, composed by contemporary composer Ian Williams, who has a background in electronic and shoegaze music and was one half of the group Beautiful Pea Green Boat, if anyone here is old enough to remember them.

The film tells of the redundancy of the French town Mounana, following the closure of its uranium mine and how the local townsfolk have been since their biggest employer and asset has been taken away.

A feeling of melancholy is omnipresent on this record and is most likely the main theme of the film, along with a loss of identity and nostalgia, which is expressed through a mix of classical composition and electronic instruments. Ian Williams certainly means business, as this is not an easy soundtrack – it borders on noise music that would please any keen fan of groups like Les Razilles Denudes.

Unfortunately, because I have not seen this film, I feel my negative bias towards this was a little too strong, as my attention span was not as strong as the audience Williams might have had in mind. “Les Belssures Invisibles”, appears to be a documentary about a loss of purpose and the overshadowing of sorrow that is bestowed upon a community after its purpose is removed.

I’d recommend this soundtrack to anyone who loves classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, or the experimental classic: Koyaanisqatsi. It is a definite purchase for those who will pick arthouse over Hollywood any day of the year.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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