Plutonic Group Syncs :: The Postmarks - Theme From Memoirs (2009)

Theme From ‘Memoirs

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Theme From “Memoirs’ does exactly what it says on the tin – the sound of a film-less film theme. It’s an almost James Bond pastiche – imagine a cross between classic John Barry and Gene Pitney’s ‘Town Without Pity’; the twanging reverb of the guitars are complimented with string sounds and a breathy wordless vocal.

The Manhattan-based outfit, The Postmarks, have a degree of twee and kitsch values, but the majority of their music is borne from lush soundscapes evoking sixties film music, particularly that of John Barry.

The album effortlessly evokes the powerful ballads and rousing film and TV themes of the late 1960s and early 1970s. ‘Themes from ‘Memoirs” sounds as if it could be the theme from a lost James Bond ‘Goldfinger/Thunderball’ era film.

For the casual listener, ‘Memoirs at the End of the World’ harkens back in time. When music was supposed to be based upon creativity and ambience. Where melodies and vocals took centerstage as opposed to auto-tune and vocoder.

The band has always brought a strong `60s vibe to their compositions, with jaunty tempos, summery melodies and brooding bass lines.

A full-blown foray into a John Barry-esque vintage film score sound; it’s lush, mysterious and smooth pop orchestrations with cascading strings and percussive panache. The underlying pop craft on ‘Theme from Memoirs‘ casts a big shadow with soundtrack dynamics.


RIYL: Portishead x John Barry