It’s kind of like…
You know when a rock/pop band does a song with some strings on it? The impact is heightened, the chorus becomes an explosion of emotion, the lyrics seem to soar above the sigh of the violins. It’s amazing what a couple of people with violins can bring to a song.
Those kind of songs are great. An entire album of them is amazing. Globus is a band like no other, in that they an entire orchestra who make epic rock music. In what way does this not sound awesome enough to make you want to keep reading?
Bit of backstory
The chances are, if you’ve watched film trailers, whether by seeking them out, or by simply going to the cinema, you will have heard at least a few compositions by Immediate Music. A few films whose trailers have used their music, just to give you a sample, are:
- War of the Worlds
- Vanilla Sky
- Sleepy Hollow
- The Da Vinci Code
- I, Robot
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
- Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean, At World’s End
- Toy Story
- The Matrix
- The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring
I’m not listing anymore, on account that Immediate music have scored over 7,000 films. That would be something to make you want to stop reading.
Hang on, aren’t you supposed to be reviewing Globus?
Immediate Music make all the awesome film music, which their ‘house band’, Globus, take and rock-up a bit. I suppose you could say they sample Immediate Music’s work, rocking it up, adding lyrics, putting the cherry on the Everest-sized cake. So, technically, Globus is Immediate Music (Globus’s songs are composed by Immediate Music’s composers). Immediate Music also have their own albums, Trailerhead and Trailerhead: Saga, which I have yet to buy, but are right at the top of my list.
Break From This World
This is Globus’s second album. Their first, Epicon, was stunning. For quick highlights, listen to Orchard of Mines, Europa and Take Me Away.
There is a problem with Break From This World. You can’t give any highlights.
Picking the best tracks from this album is impossible. The album is, to me, pure perfection. I’ve always loved trailer music, although that’s not exactly easy to obtain (legally) on account of the fact I don’t have thousands or hundreds of thousands of pounds to approach these companies with to buy their soundtracks. They’re made for Hollywood’s consumption. It was only at the end of 2010 that Immediate Music (presumably responding to popular demand) released their two albums, which of course only represent a miniscule fraction of the material they have composed.
Thankfully I discovered Globus. I do love film music on its own, but what Globus do with Immediate Music’s work (it is mostly the same people, I should point out) is stunning. Break From This World tells a story through it’s music. It starts with a more classically orchestral feel, choirs chanting Latin at the top of their voices, a feeling that the world is going to end. Track four, 1000 Deaths, is just about the coolest piece of music I had ever heard, until I got discovered some of the tracks later on.
It dips in intensity after that song, becoming more focussed on the lyrics for the power rather than the music. Manuela is a beautifully stripped down song, entirely about the words. Globus use a variety of singers and languages, and it is beautiful to hear songs that have a cultural feel outside of my typical White Western experiences.
Next up are Amazing Grace, and Black Parade, perhaps more ‘pop/rocky’ songs. These two are proper sing-alongs, especially Black Parade which perfectly matches the tones of a female and male singer. Black Parade is my favourite song on this album, although as I said earlier, that’s a very close call. Track 11, Terminal, is the saddest song I have ever heard. Thought Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars was sad? Terminal makes that seem like puppies handing lollipops to kids on a trampoline as the two happiest people in the world get married in a theme park by a clown.
After what is such a depressing (but in a good way, it’s very powerful) song, it’s good to end on a high note. The sublime Elegy lifts the spirits right up. The hopeful strings, building into jubilance, underneath the lyrics of praise, charge you with feeling. It’s the kind of song that makes you want to do something epic, like fly up into the sky, or perhaps get shot and magically heal before saving the world.
Music as music should be
Break From This World is something you can’t just listen to. It grabs you by the heart, it tugs at your soul. You don’t listen to this, you feel it. This album is perfectly balanced – from epic scores to driving rock, sad and slow reflections to choral adulation. This album takes you on a journey.
There aren’t enough stars in the sky to give this album. I can’t wait to see what Globus do next. Hopefully they come back and play Wembley again.
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