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Quaeschning, Thorsten; Picture Palace Music: Cargo OST

Cargo is a taut thriller written and directed by James Dylan that stars actor Ron Thompson in the lead role. Cargo tells the bleak yet compelling story of the events that unfold when a man wakes trapped inside a cargo container with only a cell phone and is given 24 hours by his kidnappers to raise ten million dollars in ransom or die. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the film Cargo by Thorsten Quaeschning plays an integral role in the unfolding story and the atmospherics of the piece…

And how correct that press release is. For while I have yet to see Cargo and the claustrophobic, desperate tale it tells, the OST created by Tangerine Dream man, Quaeschning is everything you’d expect from someone so long connected with enigmatic electronic music. That the pulsating, unsettling sounds he creates barely need the accompanying visuals to tell the story of this threatening film should come as no surprise, the synth man renowned for creating storytelling music without pictures. Tension is round every corner, as Julia Hecht adds occasional cello, Anne Uerlichs the contrast of viola and Hoshiko Yamane some soothing violin. It all comes together in a lengthy collection of set plays that slowly unravel and blend into a fine depiction of the desperation, despair and confusion that you can only imagine the film’s central character must be experiencing.

Through headphones the atmosphere verges on overwhelming, but in truth, no matter the circumstances, the taught storytelling laid out across the sixteen tracks this journey contains possesses enough enigmatic belief to dominate its surrounds and completely capture the imagination. With track titles such as “Isolation Fault”, “Mass Market Claustrophobia” and “The End Is Not Far Off”, don’t expect to experience much hope or release from the peril the music displays, but with a similar vibe to the ever enquiring Stranger Things OST, that’s not to say that at any point does any of this ever become overwhelming, or crushing in its bleakness. Instead you are given the opportunity to fill in the blanks and take the mood and tone wherever your mind desires.

Soundtrack works can often be disconnected and distant when experienced without its obvious purpose. However with Cargo Thorsten Quaeschning and his Picture Palace Music have achieved exactly the opposite, the sounds that has been lovingly crafted for Cargo hugely effective on its own terms and I’m sure also hugely integral in creating the mood of the movie itself.


Track Listing
1. Chain Initiation
2. Light Reading Lamp
3. Spotlight Effect
4. Liquid Funds Transfer
5. Isolation Fault
6. Outside A Musical Box
7. Wanderbaustelle
8. Mass Market Claustrophobia
9. Aggravated Circumstances
10. New Insight
11. The End Is Not Far Off
12. Cargo Main Theme
13. Trade Mark Activation
14. Tom’s Theme
15. Modulated Pulse Commands
16. Beating The Container Drums

Added: May 13th 2018
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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