Our family vacation has finally come to an end and we’re flying home. We have seen the Rockies, hiked some of the National Parks, eaten lots of waffles, drank lots of beer (well, me anyway) and we successfully escorted nearly 1000 kids around both the H2O Center and Glenmore Athletic Complex for the SunRype TRi-KiDS triathlon series. Most importantly, we didn’t feed one another to mountain lions. Yay us! And in another 5 or 6 hours I will be at home in my comfy chair watching the Tour de France with Tina the Cat.
First, there’s this flight to deal with. Fortunately, I am sitting at the Emergency Exit meaning I get the bonus luxury of having extra leg space in which to stretch out and I am taking full advantage. So I’m cracking into my bag of Snyder’s pretzel pieces, the last chapter of my book and the first of my in-flight playlist, the ‘Mistress America‘ soundtrack.
‘Mistress America’ is a 2015 comedy film directed by Noah Baumbach. It was written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, and stars Gerwig and Lola Kirke. The film was released on August 14th, 2015, by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Never saw it myself though, and I’m not sure that I want to. Seems kind of like a ‘chick flick’ if you ask me. The soundtrack however intrigued me though as the original score is done by husband-wife duo Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips.
There are few other tunes on the album like Paul McCartney‘s ‘No More Lonely Nights‘, ‘Souvenir‘ by Orchestral Maneuvers In the Dark, and ‘You Could’ve Been A Lady‘ by Hot Chocolate. I was more interested in the original Dean & Britta scores though. Unfortunately, they sucked.
With this soundtrack they took a more languid, acoustic approach that spoke to the film’s dramatic, melancholy story of divorce. For this lighthearted flick, they’ve gone for an ’80s synth pop vibe. In fact, with the percolating drum machines, analog synthesizers, and laser-toned bass, their music here sounds a lot like that of synth pop pioneers New Order, minus leader Bernard Sumner’s flat, yearning vocals and, well, coolness. At this point, I’m more or less just getting through it so I can get onto something else.
Total Shit List.
Sorry Dean. Sorry Britta.
P.S.> Sorry about the last minute “crop dusting” through Gate A19. Calgary…I hope we can still be friends.