Abulele – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack out now from Intrada – Special Collection.
Vivid, exciting orchestral score by Frank Ilfman for first major Israeli fantasy feature! Makram Khoury, Yehuda Mor, Yoav Sadian Rosenberg star, Jonathan Geva writes, directs. Drawing inspiration from film world of Steven Spielberg, movie spins tale of young boy, grieving over loss of brother, finding new purpose in life upon discovery of large creature with glowing yellow eyes, power of invisibility. Composer Ilfman, director Geva are part of newer generation of Israeli film makers hoping to create larger-scale pictures that might play beyond Israel borders. Abulele is part of that new voice. Film has fantasy elements with creature effects and darker side with parallels to real life in Israel so Ilfman responds in kind. Resulting score has moments of poignancy, gentle melody as well as aggressive action sequences, darker suspense. Melodic portions offer rich harmonic vocabulary, action cues feature dynamic low brass & percussion rhythms. Both thematic and action-oriented cues get equal time under the spotlight. Gentle melody and sweeping variants play through “Prologue”, “The Legend Is True”, “We Are Friends”, “Adam’s Theme”, “Returning Home”, “End Titles” while dynamic rhythms and excitement play through “First Encounter”, “The Creature”, “The Assault”, “We Will Hunt It Down”. But Ilfman has yet one more musical trick up his sleeve: portions of score take two afore-mentioned styles into third direction with brittle yet playful idea that maintains melody while simultaneously offering rhythmic energy. “Meeting Abulele” highlights this mode. Ilfman states that score draws inspiration not from local ethnic colors but from bigger 80’s Hollywood fare with full symphonic scores on display. His score here offers welcome return to that now-mostly abandoned era of powerful symphonic film music. Another big plus: several lengthy cues afford overall score a degree of genuine coherency, rich musical architecture. Leading this pack are “It Will Come And Catch You” with meld of emotion, energy, “The Legend Is True” with warm harmonic vernacular on display, “We Will Hunt It Down” with dazzling array of dramatic, exciting ideas to savor. Great film score! Having Paul Golding record at world-class AIR Lyndhurst Studios in London is yet another big plus! Liner notes by Daniel Schweiger flipper-style cover design by Joe Siloryak allows listener to pick between mysterious darker artwork, brighter fantasy artwork. Matthew Slater conducts London Metropolitan Orchestra. Intrada Special Collection CD available while quantities and interest remain!