A Man Reborn, taken from So Soon The Dark LP on 8D Industries
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So Soon The Dark is a the second half of More Ghost Than Man‘s ominous ambient experiment. These songs serve to bend the listener’s environment, reminiscent of the work of Jóhann Jóhannsson and Cliff Martinez. It’s the sound of an uncertain future wrapped inside the turbulent present, where hope is found in the ingenuity of imagination.
On Terry Grant’s (More Ghost Than Man) words about “A Man Reborn”:
The tune was one of the first conceived, but last recorded for the score. The genesis of the whole film revolved around that middle section, and the sort of montage of action/reaction between the human and robotic characters. The whole time I was writing the script, I had some version of what would become “A Man Reborn” in mind as the soundtrack to that particular part of the film. I was going for a sort of synthwave/outrun feel to the tune, as I felt it fit the mood of the sequence. It’s a pretty atypical piece for me, as I don’t normally do that kind of thing as More Ghost Than Man, and the rest of the score is more ambient and drone-like. It was a lot of fun though to fire up the Moog and the DX7 and just go to town on something with that much energy. I could actually see doing an entire album of that kind of stuff. I am a child of the ’80s after all, so that sound is sort of in my blood.
Terry Grant has always been a little more ghost than man. Firmly entrenched in the world of underground dance for the better part of a decade, and collaborating with the likes of Luke Solomon and John Digweed’s Bedrock imprint, Terry finally finds himself landing on the edges of electronic music. Enter More Ghost Than Man, a convenient fiction under which to explore these fringes with a filmmaker’s sensibility.
2018’s Everything Impossible Is Far Away was a detour on More Ghost Than Man’s tangent, an episodic series of songs that expressed Terry’s imaginary movies. So Soon The Dark is a sonic companion and continuation of the experiment. Where the previous release imagined its movie, So Soon The Dark’s music and soundscapes accompany a short film with the same title.
Starring, written, and directed by Terry Grant, So Soon The Dark (the movie) concerns the undoing of a damaged man as he experiments with technology in a reach for immortality. The music came first, its moody, futuristic tones and ominous drones inspiring the plot, look, and pacing of the film. Thus it’s no surprise that the soundtrack to So Soon The Dark satisfies as a stand-alone album. The songs serve to bend the listener’s environment. More Ghost Than Man’s textures — reminiscent of the work of Jóhann Jóhannsson and Cliff Martinez — inspire new mini-movies to form. It’s the sound of an uncertain future wrapped inside the turbulent present, where hope is found in the ingenuity of imagination.