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White Bird in a Blizzard
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composers: Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 16 September 2014

Lakeshore Records releases Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd's score for White Bird in a Blizzard. In the movie Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears - just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. In fact, it's almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it...

The score for White Bird in a Blizzard represents a collection of rather sweet, touching themes that, while a little fluffy and flaky, work incredibly well in the movie. Listened to outside the narrative of the film, they still stand, surprisingly well, on their own merits.

Of this album's 12 tracks (41 min, 06 sec) it was the sweet compositions like 'Brock's Theme'; 'Forever Changed'; and 'I'm Here, Kat, I'm Here' that really won me over. Yes, it's true that there are a lot of atmospheric filler segments, but none of them are actually as dull and lifeless as they could have been.


Darren Rea

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