Oddarrang ‘In Cinema’ (Edition) 4/5

OddarrangThe relationship between music and cinema has become a good deal closer in recent years with groups such as Mogwai treading a pioneering path in their espousal of independent and art house productions. Finnish group Odderrang are similarly driven and this third album follows on from ‘Cathedral’ (2011) and ‘Music Illustrated’ (2007). For this latest project the music was originally composed for four independent films, tow of which have been fully expanded for the current album. It is a well balanced set with jazz influences as well as rock, but always melodic and in parts quietly contemplative. That would certainly be one way to describe ‘Self-portrait’ which features a lovely cello solo, but three minutes in suddenly takes off in another direction altogether. Of the three lengthier pieces, ‘Missing tapes from a highway set’ is a lovely gentle acoustic number while ‘Cultivate and contemplate’ has something of an early music feel with the use of cello and sounds all the better for it. Leader Olavi Louhivuori is a multi-instrumentalist with a clear vision and he is to be commended for creating such original and evocative sounds. Tim Stenhouse