IT'S ONE thing having a brilliant idea, but it's another executing it brilliantly.
But that's exactly what Falmouth-based Emily Jones and Exmouth's The Rowan Amber Hill have done.
The Book Of The Lost is a 10-track mini-album based around imaginary British horror films from the 1960s and 1970s, featuring six full-length songs and four shorter excerpts from the films.
It was conceived and recorded by Emily and the band in a collaboration which took place entirely over the internet, over the course of a year. Both are huge fans of the original real movies from this era (such as The Wicker Man, Psychomania, Witchfinder General, Hammer movies, etc) and the films featured on the album are an affectionate pastiche of them.
Musically the tracks range from psychedelia to pastoral folk, with a few respectful nods to artists like John Barry and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop along the way. Special deluxe versions of the album, featuring coloured lobby cards (one is pictured) in a presentation book-style slip case are available on limited release from, fittingly, Hallowe'en priced Pounds 7.50, exclusively from www.thebookofthelost.co.uk and www.millersounds.co.uk, with a general retail release to follow early next year.
What's On's Lee Trewhela said: I haven't heard anything so evocative of a golden era of leftfield British films and music, even down to the Oliver Postgate-style narration. If you didn't know any different, you'd be adamant this is a lost soundtrack from cult classics. Utterly brilliant, it deserves a huge audience.
To learn more about the project, you can connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebookofthelost or visit the website at www.thebookofthelost.co.uk
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