Film review: Soul

For cat lovers both the feline and jazz musician kind a film that has been hyped and early-reviewed for months and months Soul only came out on Christmas day. A child sees a film such as Soul with very different eyes than an adult. Ideally a child …

Published: 27 Dec 2020. Updated: 9 months.

For cat lovers both the feline and jazz musician kind a film that has been hyped and early-reviewed for months and months Soul only came out on Christmas day. A child sees a film such as Soul with very different eyes than an adult. Ideally a child should be writing this piece. Yet Pixar films have always appealed to adults (Toy Story 2 from the late-1990s is still my favourite). After a fairly ponderous first half-hour the film began to truly get its ''spark''. The music, which was composed by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, actually doesn't figure as much as you'd think it would. However Tia Fuller who provides the real saxophone sound behind the hard to impress bandleader Dorothea Williams probably steals the show in the fictional Half Note when hero Joe (voiced very warmly by Jamie Foxx) finally fulfils his dreams and plays a significant gig after years as a middle school teacher as he attempts to come back from the dead. Favourite scenes? Definitely not the Great Beyond scenes unless you are a big animation fan and are content to marvel at the graphics, more the barbershop and tailor shop scenes where the characters take over that bit more and you get a sense of the film's great humanity. SG. Photo: Pixar

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Roots streams

Things may be looking up. At least more than a bit. Oh come on. No really because Snowpoet have a new album Wait for Me (Edition) out on 19 February 2021. It may be the lifejacket we all need. Snowpoet habitually manage to harness the trick of …

Published: 26 Dec 2020. Updated: 9 months.

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Things may be looking up. At least more than a bit. Oh come on. No really because Snowpoet have a new album Wait for Me (Edition) out on 19 February 2021. It may be the lifejacket we all need. Snowpoet habitually manage to harness the trick of following an avant garde method yet land in an accessible almost suspiciously melodic space preloaded with a certain antisentimental vaccine that rarely comes as standard. Coloured above all by the extraordinarily poetic voice of Lauren Kinsella and the deft coating of the ensemble sound in an organic electronic wash that has a mystical magic to it Snowpoet sound like no other. 'Roots' is streaming ahead of release and listening to it as an indicator is more than enough to run away with all of the above thoughts in anticipation of hearing the full album next year. Lyrics are by Lauren Kinsella, all music by Snowpoet (collective personnel Kinsella, voice; Chris Hyson, piano, synths; Matthew Robinson, piano, synths; Josh Arcoleo, saxophone; Dave Hamblett, drums; plus guests Lloyd Haines, drums on 1 track; Alex Haines, guitar; Alice Zawadzki, violin). Lauren Kinsella top left and Chris Hyson. Photo: Edition