Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III [Music CD]

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Soundtrack by Liam Hayes

Recently I was discussing Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, a film that a mere 27% of Rotten Tomatoes voters enjoyed (thus proving my hypothesis that 73% of the population is completely nuts). In any event, I closed out my mini-review mentioning Liam Hayes's "brilliant score". Well, ask and ye shall receive! Forbes now owns the soundtrack. Thanks, Genie!

Coppola learned of Liam Hayes through his cast member/cousin, Jason Schwartzman. Hayes, a Chicago resident, has been releasing soulful/ 1970's-ish style/indie-rockish music since the early 1990's. The songs are hooky with a sometimes classic, "Philadelphia sound" arrangement. On top, his voice could be likened to the tenor of a Mr. John Lennon. 

The affinity for 70's sounds (pianos, tasteful synthesizers, horns) work perfectly with Charles Swan's groovy universe; a marriage made in heaven. Many of the songs were pulled from Hayes's back catalog as a solo artist and also from his tenure in the group Plush. "A Glimpse Inside", almost the film's theme, was written especially for the picture and here we can listen for Hayes's tremendous vocal range. Another highlight is "So Much Music", an anthem discussing the undying spirit of a musician. Hopefully Hayes is good on this sentiment because he's a truly talented artist.

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