Though he may be most fabled for his immaculate collaborative work alongside a certain PJ Harvey, there’s far more to John Parish than that which is most likely to first meet the ear. Whether that be A Woman A Man Walked By or his involvement in Polly Jean’s quiver-inducing opus thus far, Let England Shake, his is a discography worth going above and beyond with, and fully immersing yourself in. Though it’s the eyes as well as the ears to which Parish’s work so unerringly appeals, given his longstanding entanglement in the celluloid reels of film and some of his most accomplished compositions have come about when he’s been scoring this or that. Forthcoming Thrill Jockey release Screenplay, however, isn’t a soundtrack per se, in that it’s not a necessarily cohesive whole, but instead a compilation of works previously pieced together for various features. LBS End Titles – the track to sprawl itself out as the credits crawl across Patrice Toye’s 2012 movie Little Black Spiders – serves as an archetypal exemplar of understated splendour; of restrained grandeur. And as warped electronics ebb away to leave a residual refrain concerning tumbling keys and muted brass, vivid images begin to cloud your vision. It thus does as all effectual sonic accompaniments ought, as it whisks your every sense away with its faint, flighty presence.
Screenplay is anticipated April 15th.