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Tanna: Original Film Score (composed by Anthony Partos)

Tanna, nominated for best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards, is a movie I must confess to having not seen. The story takes place in the South Pacific on the island of Tanna and is basically a love story and how their situation affects their tribe's society.

The music is strictly on the ambient side if the spectrum. The score was composed by Anthony Partos and features cello by Julian Thompson and the vocals of Lisa Gerrard whom I first became aware of when she teamed with Klaus Schulze.

The first three tracks are moody and ethereal, sometimes bordering on ominous especially with the haunting "Hidden Enemy" and "The Secret". Keep in mind these are very short pieces, typical of some soundtrack music. The deep brooding sounds and dreamy atmosphere on "The Volcano" is probably the most moody piece. The jarring drums and percussion near the end of the piece is quite startling. More brooding atmospherics can be heard on "Taboo" and Abscond", the latter featuring Gerrard's sublime vocals blending into the atmosphere of the piece.

While ambient music isn't exactly my cup of tea I do think fans of the darker side of the genre will find this pretty intriguing.

Track Listing:
1. First Love
2. Hidden Enemy
3. The Secret
4. Enemy Territory
5. The Volcano
6. The Spirit Awakens
7. Taboo
8. Abscond
9. Reunion
10. Hostile Land
11. Death Beckons

Added: April 2nd 2017
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Movie's Official Site
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Language: english

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