AMERICANA_COVEROriginal Music by: Jordan Shapiro
Duration: 42 min
Label: Lakeshore Records

This is an album of original music scored for the film Wish You Were Here by Jordan Shapiro. He is a one man outfit for the most part and seems to have played on, sung and written this whole shebang. The film is described as “Ten people, one RV, and a guerilla film road trip across the country. Wish You Were Here was shot on a nineteen-day tear across the US, from Santa Monica to Coney Island” I am not sure what that means exactly, I think it is a ROAD TRIP film. Oh yes what Americans love best with their pioneer spirit is nothing better than a road trip. Ultra low budget, this is a labour of love by the whole team and that includes the soundtrack.

Most of the tunes on this album are short and moody – and when I say moody I mean melancholy. There are only a couple of songs on the album, “I’ll be the one” is a yearning croon which I wished had been longer. “Phoenix Rising” sounds like a cat playing the piano (badly) and it made my head hurt; I wasn’t nearly drunk enough to enjoy it.

Americana is essentially an album of ambient slide guitar/banjo and American country music. The picked out version of “Auld Lang Syne” is a nice interlude but overall this is for some serious bourbon drinking staring at a black sky type of day.

Brief, dark.

Review by Katy V

To buy the soundtrack in the US you can find it in MP3 format at Amazon or on CD, also at Amazon.

The soundtrack isn’t currently available in the UK.

About The Author

Katy Vans grew up watching a lot of late night films at a very young age; along with giving her nightmares she also developed a love of Spaghetti Westerns and Stanley Kubrick. With a background in acting, writing, film making and journalism she describes herself as an undisciplinary artist/word thief.

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