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Max Richter - The Congress / Off The Tracks

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It's been a busy time for Max Richter on the back of his entry into the Recomposed series and some early career reissues, recent soundtrack work and now a brand new score, this one for the live action/animated interpretation of Stenislaw Lem's 1971 novel The Futurological Congress. I've yet to see the film but it's so easy, as so often seems to be the way with Richter's soundtrack work, to be swallowed up in the score – the beautiful Winterreise a standout here, that majestic sweep of strings signalling heartbreak and hope, that beautiful collision of mourning and head held high stoicism – but we also have some Kraftwerk-esque pulsing, strobing electronica here, an interesting departure from what you might usually expect.