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A dreamy film score reveals yet another side to the Blood Orange wiz
Hynes has always enjoyed diverse projects. From a Green Day covers EP to a collaboration with cult composer Van Dyke Parks to comics produced with Faris Badwan and classical performances at London's Barbican, the 28-year-old's creative spectrum seems boundless. It comes as no surprise then, that Dev has now turned his hand to a film score. The soundtrack to Palo Alto, directed by Gia Coppola (granddaughter of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola) and based on a collection of stories written by Spring Breakers actor (and occasional musician) James Franco, it continues along Dev’s established route of credible partnerships.
'Palo Alto' shows yet another side to the ever-restless musician. The title track is lysergic and keyboard-led, sounding like an underwater daydream. It's like an utterly gorgeous lost cut from Connan Mockasin's 'Caramel' but with some Blood Orange guitar grooves thrown in for good measure. 'April's Daydream' is like Prince covering Perfume Genius, all sexy vocal purrs and slow, sad organs; 'April's Bathroom Bummer' is its minor key flipside.
Elsewhere, instrumental clips establish the mood – reedy, woodwind calm on 'Teddy Rides Home'; chipper,Drive- style synths on 'Big Game'; plaintive pianos on 'Run To Graveyard'.
‘Palo Alto’ adds yet another string to Hynes' bow. Despite its sketch-like form, his first foray into film scores shows that his mind is as inquisitive and creative as ever.
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