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Stealing Sheep and the Radiophonic Workshop - La Planète Sauvage


CD: £11.99

Label: Fire

Release date: 28.02.2022

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René Laloux’s celebrated 1973 sci-fi animation ‘La Planète Sauvage (Fantastic Planet)’, is overhauled with a re-imagined soundtrack by electronic modernists Stealing Sheep and legendary sound innovators The Radiophonic Workshop. This release is part of Fire Records’ re-imagined score series. “No institution has had a greater impact on the development of electronic music than the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.” The Vinyl Factory It’s a real pre-Avatar conundrum that Stealing Sheep, with the help of Bob Earland, Dick Mills and Roger Limb from the Radiophonic Workshop, unravel. Creating an ethereal excursion that’s narrated by Roger Limb; like a futuristic Martin Denny, or Dr Who gone ambient techno, with a hint of Forbidden Planet 50 years on. It’s an analogue swirl set in an off-world paradise; a field recording from the future. This is a creative, generation-spanning, union brought together to score this unique cult film. A must for fans of psyche electronica and Stealing Sheep’s formidable ‘Big Wows’ album. “Stealing Sheep devour a broad range of styles, incorporating everything from the dark dance-pop of Grace Jones to the experimentations of Radiophonic Workshop pioneer Delia Derbyshire and John Carpenter soundtracks.” The Guardian ‘La Planète Sauvage’ is a thing of ambient beauty punctuated with electronic earworms that switches from intensely ominous to otherworldly dream like moments.

Stealing Sheep and the Radiophonic Orchestra have reimagined Alain Gouraguer's incredible score to René Laloux’s 1973 sci-fi animation ‘La Planète Sauvage (Fantastic Planet)’ as part of Fire Records’ re-imagined score series. La Planète Sauvage is one of our favourite soundtracks so we wouldn’t trust it in the hands of many, but we had faith in Stealing Sheep and the Radiophonic Workshop with their tendencies towards otherworldly sounds. They haven’t disappointed and have delivered psychedelic electronica at its most interesting. FFO: Beaver & Krause, ToiToiToi, Children Of Alice, The Focus Group.

By Martha Boyd

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