The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
In co-release with Koolarrow Records!
This mesmerizing creation delves into the world of silent cinema's iconic masterpiece, reimagining its eerie charm and enigmatic narrative through the band's lens. Featuring an evocative fusion of almost ghostly vocals, haunting synths, and intricate instrumentation, 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' score captures the film's dark allure while adding a new dimension to its chilling tale.
Led by the collaborative efforts this score album showcases their unparalleled expertise in crafting music that intertwines seamlessly with visual storytelling. “When you're working in such a genre, there's always an aspect where your music, no matter how rough it might have been, is shaped by the dramatism of the picture,” Claire Hamard explains. “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' is a movie I discovered as a teenager, and I was completely captivated by its gothic, chaotic, and highly expressive aesthetic. For this film in particular, I wanted to convey the strange beauty that emerges from it, over and above its sometimes disturbing or even terrifying aspect.”
The filmic experience puts Sleepbomb’s music in a whole different context from “normal” shows. “We receive frequent feedback from audience members who have attended films that they had no idea who Sleepbomb was upon coming in.” – explains Tim Gotch, one of the core-members of the band: “And these people are amazed by the experience of seeing their favorite film in a new light with the recontextualized score. This is key to the Sleepbomb experience and key to growing a diverse fanbase outside of the metal scene.”
Produced by Greg Wilkinson and Sleepbomb, ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' became the result of what the members consider “meticulous collaboration” bringing the highest spirits from all of the consistent parts of Sleepbomb. “Our writing process involves iteration and back and forth, especially with how the music is working for the scene in question in regards to pacing and timing.” – underlines Tim. “Tempo is also huge, since each section needs to line up with the film correctly.” According to Tim: “Sleepbomb is scoring the picture, rather than just using the visuals to support the music. We're always trying to have the music follow the flow of the scene, responding to action and eventual denouement. The record was complete in about 9 days, and Greg Wilkinson's role in the studio was pivotal in achieving our goals with 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'.”
Promising an immersive experience, Sleepbomb’s 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' explores the very essence of the film. From ethereal vocals to dissonant harmonies, from haunting synths to intricate instrumental layers, 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' transports listeners to a world where sound and image merge creating a hypnotic journey.