In a lucky twist, we get to hear Ólafur Arnalds’ soundtrack to Another Happy Day before the latter even gets a release date in the UK. Lucky, because the film, starring Demi Moore and Ezra Miller looks rubbish (something about a drug addict teenager and a super-rich family having a wedding), and because the piano-led, orchestral music – written and recorded in only two weeks – is of an even higher standard than the already gorgeous ‘Found Songs’ EP of 2010.

The songs, presumably, are named after characters and scenes from the film, but as a whole the album works as a collection of ambient, soothing sound poems that aren’t reliant on any familiarity with the plot. ‘Lynn’s Theme’ is reminiscent of John Williams in its catchy simplicity and effectiveness, and the final ‘Everything Must Change’ is a fine piece of chamber drone-pop. Get this and skip the film.

By Matthias Scherer

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