Album Review

Libaek, Sven – “Inner Space (The Lost Film Music of Sven Libaek)” – [Votary Records]

Cousin Mary   5/21/2013   12-inch, Soundtrack

Sven Libaek was born in Norway and emigrated to Australia. He is known as a composer and performer in movie and TV soundtracks. He worked at one time for CBS Records in Sydney, producing recordings including those of the legendary surf band The Atlantics.

Inner Space was a 1973 soundtrack for a nature documentary about underwater life. The orchestra has a dreamy, watery, jazzy sound with very cool solos on flute, guitar, vibes, percussion, trumpet, organ, and piano played by Libaek. John Sangster on vibes is prominently featured and his interest in avant garde jazz artists such as Sun Ra and Albert Ayler occasionally peeks through, especially on Side 2.

Tracks from this soundtrack were used in the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

Very accessible, would fit a Jazz Collective or the Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack Show equally well.

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