The Myth of Fingerprints

The Myth of Fingerprints

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Overview

The Myth of Fingerprints

The Myth of Fingerprints is a film about a Thanksgiving weekend which reunites a dysfunctional family in their near-empty, snow-covered hometown -- a setting which leaves the characters little to do but stare at the mysteries, desires and dissatisfactions they've been avoiding in their busy urban lives. The soundtrack evokes that feeling a good sight more consistently than the movie, which is dotted with quiet fits of underdeveloped brilliance. The CD maintains its mellow, reflective mood through an impressive array of sensitively sequenced genre changes: jazz, opera, mellow alternative rock, 1940s pop standards, and the ethereal acoustic, new age instrumental score by David Bridie and John Phillips (formerly of the Australian band Not Drowning Waving). The score uses vast expanses of shimmering guitar ambience, shaded with oboe, cello, piano, and subtle sampling, to capture the wide geographical and emotional spaces in the film. The song selections include tracks by Bing Crosby, the Rosh Nazz Quartet, and My Friend the Chocolate Cake (Bridie's current band, whose wonderfully warm "Low" underscores one of the film's most winningly intimate scenes). Rufus Wainright also contributes a couple of tracks in an appearance which predates his 1998 solo debut, providing wistfully contemporary covers of two old standards which appear in other versions elsewhere on this album. Collectively, this is music of melancholy and mysterious peace; music which furrows in quiet moments for the source of the sadness and tension which gnaws at the many noisy moments; music which pauses to absorb easily overlooked beauty and warmth; music which listens for the subtle sources of hope. The Paul Simon song for which the movie is presumably named does not appear on the soundtrack.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/1997
Label: Velvel Records
UPC: 0634677970528
catalogNumber: 79705

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Track Performer
John Phillips   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Bilas
David Birdie   Track Performer
David Bridie   Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals,Bilas
Ethan Johns   Track Performer
Peter Luscombe   Drums
Helen Mountfort   Harmonica,Cello
Simon Polinski   Bass
Rufus Wainwright   Track Performer
My Friend the Chocolate Cake   Track Performer
Beniamino Gigli   Track Performer
Andrew Carswell   Mandolin,tin whistle
Hannah Cooper   Oboe

Technical Credits

John Phillips   Producer
David Bridie   Producer,Liner Notes
Michael Hill   Executive Producer
Tracy McKnight   Executive Producer
Simon Polinski   Engineer
Rufus Wainwright   Arranger

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