Will Oldham – Ode Music
Drag City, 2000
Acquired: Lawrence Antique Mall, Used, 2007
This is Oldham's soundtrack to Kelly Reichardt's film Ode. Kelly Reichardt is pretty awesome. She's responsible for the quiet, yet excellent Old Joy, which stars Oldham, and more recently Wendy and Lucy, which was one of my favorite films of 2008. So good. She's great, and has her own style. Very quiet, very meditative, very beautiful. Yeah. These are all acoustic instrumentals and they're great for background music. Another cool thing about this record is that the cover was painted by film director Todd Haynes, who has done such rad shit as Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, and I'm Not There. Basically, this record has a lot of rad stuff going for it. The back even has a little note that says “All instrumental or 'silent' music,” which is kind of funny. The songs are all repetitive, but not in a bad way. It's actually quite relaxing. It feels like film music!