Bart D. : We Stood Like Kings from Belgium sent out this album after I requested to do a report of their concert at W2 - that report, inked by imagery, is present elsewhere in this issue. We Stood Like Kings is a typical/classical post rock band. As instrumentation we have drums, bass, guitar and keys. The music consists of lots of small melodies subtly growing into meandering, layered eruptions. All this happens quite beautifully on 'USA 1982', their new soundtrack to the great cult movie Koyaanisqatsi.
Earlier projects of We Stood Like Kings consisted of soundtracks to silent movies. But Koyaanisqatsi already had a great soundtrack courtesy of Philip Glass. So we had to wonder: why write a new soundtrack when the old one fits like a glove? The answer is simple: the band doesn't wish to improve, critique or replace anything. They were simply so collectively taken by the movie, that not doing something with it simply wasn't an option. On top of that, this project nicely concludes a trilogy: 'BERLIN 1927' and 'USSR 1926' followed by 'USA 1982'. The music is melancholy, hopeful, pondering and expressive. Themes often hop between classical and pop, in which sometimes sentimentality is somewhat too present. But the goal of We Stood Like Kings is explicitly to transport emotion with their music, in which they fully succeed. Do go see them perform live. And if you can't, play this at home and don't be shy with the volume. It really works wonders with this soundtrack. 'USA 1982' is a great record, be it within post rock territory or for curious music lovers in general.