Thursday, April 7, 2016

Haunting Little Lullabies

If there's one thing that has brought me immense comfort lately, it's music, primarily of the instrumental sort. One of my favorite pastimes is compiling playlists of my favorite songs from film soundtracks, with a handful of musically-similar tracks featuring vocals as accompaniment. My favorite sound, perhaps, is the gentle, lullaby-like melancholy of the giallo soundtrack. Giallo, if you aren't familiar with the term, refers to films in the horror and thriller genres primarily produced in Italy in the mid-to-late 1960s through 1970s. Many featured the most whimsical music, full of wispy female vocals and hauntingly beautiful piano flourishes. One of my most-loved composers, the renowned Ennio Morricone (who recently won his first Oscar for Best Original Score), provided the music for a number of giallos. I find myself listening to his pieces often, and put together a playlist of my favorite of his works. I also included songs from other giallos and more recent films, as well as tracks by artists like Joni Mitchell and Linda Perhacs, which I felt fit the tone of the playlist. I thought I'd share it as I consider it one of my best compilations.



(Still from Hatchet for the Honeymoon)


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