The word is out! Instead of keeping their plans shrouded in mystery, Death Waltz Records has decided to shed some light on their Record Store Day activity, including a look at ONE of the covers…
Randomly inserted within the records will be a Willy Wonka style golden ticket giveaway:
Bronze tickets – There will be 10 bronze tickets to be found that will give the holder three releases of their choice from our current (in print) Catalog.
Silver Tickets- There will be 5 silver tickets to be found that will give the holder every release for Death Waltz Subscription vol. 4 (6 releases in total)
Golden Ticket – There will be 1 golden ticket that will give the holder a Death Waltz foil printed box set to hold test pressings of every release for the next 12 months.
Nicola Piovani - l Profumo Della Signora In Nero (aka The Perfume Of The Lady In Black)
First up on the Death Waltz RSD roster is Nicola Piovani’s gorgeous score to Francesco Barilli’s highly-regarded psychological horror Ilprofumo Della Sisnora In Nero (a.k.a. The Perfume Of The Lady In Black). First performed in a classical style, the theme is reprised in many stylistic variations throughout the score, from a straightforward rendition that seems almost naively innocent, to lush pastoral reprisals, and even a big band version. Piovani uses the theme almost as a comfort zone, a false sense of security, before jarring the melody with piercing strings and harsh percussion to make you bolt upright. The score is haunting in places, with surreal melodies that almost sound like whale song and a slow piano piece that perhaps had an influence on John Carpenter’s Halloween. A mesmerizing experience that remains a highlight of Italian film music. The album has been remastered from it’s original tapes and comes pressed on solid orange with white swirl wax with a giant fold out poster!
Nico Fidenco - Emanuelle Perche’ Violenza Alle Donne? (aka The Violation Of Emanuelle)
Also available from Death Waltz for RSD is Nico Fidenco’s score to Joe D’Amato’s Emanuelle Perche’ Violenza Alle Donne (a.k.a. The Violation Of Emanuelle). Regarded as the best of the unofficial “Black Emanuelle” series, the film starts off with the same sexual freedom and exploration as the official one but ends up descending into a hard-hitting voyage of human trafficking and sexual violence. Fidenco’s music represents the character’s exploration of hedonism and philosophy, scoring hook-ups with a truck driver and a couple of Italian girls, and as such is pretty free-flowing and upbeat. The main theme is repeated throughout the album alongside some interesting supporting material, including some offbeat percussion and slinky melodies with a surprising amount of wind instruments, along with a subtle female voice. Synths appear frequently with an driving bass line. It’s not until the end when it gets darker and sleazier, a fascinating end to a smooth-flowing record. The album has been remastered from original tapes and comes pressed on 180-gram clear with solid white swirl wax.
Walter Rizzati - 1990 I Guerrieri Del Bronx (aka The Bronx Warriors)
Traveling twenty-four years into the past in a beat-up DeLorean, Death Waltz has returned from a post-apocalyptic wasteland to bring you the futuristic stylings of Walter Rizzati’s music to the cult classic 1990: The Bronx Warriors. The beauty of Rizzati’s score is that while it’s a tricked-out work of crazy genius for crazed biker gangs in a wasteland, it feels like a compilation of scores for movies that would only really play on the old 42nd Street. Like the others before it, the album has been master from it’s original tapes and comes pressed on 180-gram brown & red swirl wax.
Clint Mansell - In The Wall
Last and certainly not least is Clint Mansell’s score to the award-winning 2007 horror short In The Wall. Telling the surreal story of a man who accidentally kills his pregnant wife and hides her body in a cavity wall, only to be haunted by visions of her corpse escaping. The score is anchored by the main theme, a versatile string melody that moves from sinister to emotional to tragic to perfectly match the shocking events of the film. Mansell expertly mixes the stripped-down string sound with electronic elements and percussion to create vivid imagery. A classic score from a truly brilliant composer. Available for RSD on 180-gram brown & red swirl wax.
All titles mentioned above will be available Record Store Day via our online shop or at our Seattle record store (913 NW 50th St., Ballard)!