PJ Harvey & Harry Escott, An Acre of Land.

Admittedly, I’ve got about as little inclination to actually watch Clio Barnard’s Dark River as I do to read Peter Bradshaw’s review thereof (here, should you so wish), although the hexing theme from the aforementioned feature-length – a collaboration between PJ Harvey and British composer Harry Escott, the pair expertly tackling English folk standard An Acre of Land – doesn’t so much grab your attention, as grip it with asphyxiating intent. A spectral tangle of agrestic terror, wraithlike keys, shadowy whirs and pastoral acoustic guitar all combine with Harvey’s unswervingly stern delivery, to create the kind of intensely compelling atmosphere to ameliorate more or less any soundtrack imaginable.

An Acre of Land is available now via Cognitive Shift Recordings.