Published Dec 07, 2016The Charles-André Coderre and Yann-Manuel Hernandez-directed film Déserts will be released at the Cinémathèque québécoise on December 9, but ahead that, Exclaim! giving you the chance to stream the accompanying soundtrack.
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, who leads forward-thinking experimental project Jerusalem in My Heart, composed six of the eight songs. Also included on the OST are Montreal sound artist Alexandre St-Onge's "Désert," and two spoken word tracks: "Is This The Same One?" by Alexei Perry Cox (Handsome Furs) and "Spellbound," which features vocals from the film's lead actress Victoria Diamond. The music was modified by the film's sound designer Andrew Beaudoin.
All the film music was recorded in Montreal (hotel2tango) and in Beirut (Tunefork Recording Studio) and was made in close collaboration with directors Coderre and Hernandez.
Like the film, the soundtrack draws inspiration from the 1970s, incorporating retro influences that range from Philippe Garrel soundtracks like Le Berceau de Cristal and the sound work of Alvin Lucier, to Sonny Sharrock's free jazz sound and even the experimental music of Lionel Marchetti.
As you listen through the eight-song soundtrack, it's easy to see how it might set the atmosphere for a film that follows a man and woman on a desert quest that pushes them to their "extreme, psychological limits."
Listen to the Déserts soundtrack in the player below before the film arrives later this week. At the bottom of the page, you can also view the film's trailer.