Canberra artist KIRKLANDD has completed his trilogy EP The Love Divide. The final single Too Late is another display of KIRKLANDD’s ability to play with genre, this time taking his signature rapping and mixing it with an exotic acoustic guitar melody. We take a look at the EP in full and hear from KIRKLANDD about his Top 5 Movie Soundtracks to celebrate the ability of composers in merging audio and aesthetic to create the ultimate emotive experience.

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The Love Divide is a six-piece collection featuring three stand out singles that nestle among short story pieces. The three additional tracks help set the scene for the journey starting with the divide between love and fear, to ultimately understanding the relationship between them.

The first two singles lifted from the EP, SIIYE and Feel Alive, take us through the darkness, drawing upon elements of hip-hop, electro, and pop-punk. Cementing his ability to keep the listener enthralled with story-telling, Kirklandds diction remains strong as the intensity gradually builds.

The final piece of the puzzle is Too Late, with the clean and crisp guitar following a sprightly melody that will trigger the attention of both R&B and hip hop lovers alike. Fitting in with the likes of Illy or Post Malone, the third and final single from the EP is stripped back in comparison to its predecessors, as KIRKLANDD continues to blow open the doors against genre confinement.

Before you jump into The Love Divide, KIRKLANDD has provided us with a run down of his favourite movie soundtracks. Honouring the empathy and creativity of movie composers, KIRKLANDD’s list is a reminder of how crucial soundtrack decisions are in influencing our visual experiences.

KIRKLANDD’S Top 5 Movie Soundtracks

Curating the score of a film is a process unlike any other. I love studying how composers absorb the aesthetic and a mood of a film and reflect it in the films score. Here are my top five:

5. Ludwig Goransson – Black Panther

Childish Gambino’s producer, Ludwig Goransson, spent 8 months researching organic sounds all across Africa to build the score for Black Panther. He sourced so many dope percussive samples that left my producer Cam and I so inspired after seeing the film. We started tracking live bongo loops, similar to the Wakanda theme, and built a heap of beat ideas around them after we saw the film.

4. Quentin Tarantino – Reservoir Dogs

Tarantino’s got the immense gift of scoring tracks with bizarrely juxtaposed scenes, yet somehow allowing them to compliment each other in the process. Reservoir Dogs was the first time I saw this in action, and I was definitely too young to appreciate it at the time. Now I can’t really listen to Stuck in the Middle With You without picturing an ear getting cut off.

3. Eddie Vedder – Into The Wild

When I first saw this film, it had a pretty profound impact on me. It inspired me to take a solo backpacking trip around Europe for four months on my own when I finished school. On that trip, I realised I wanted to pursue a career in music. The theme for the film, Guaranteed, is the most beautiful mix of acoustic guitar and Eddie Vedder’s soft humming. Tie that in with the serene landscape of Alaska and the imagination of the protagonist, and you’ll find an immense feeling of awe.

2. Adrian Younge – Black Dynamite

Everything about this movie was so damn authentic, and was tied together by its soundtrack. Black Dynamite was a blacksploitation film spoofing American 70s cop shows – and Adrian Younge captures the authenticity of this era perfectly using wacky vocals and funky bass. It’s a scene man.

1. Various Artists – The Blues Brothers

I first watched this film when I was 8 years old. I remember being so into the music and the energy, but without any real recollection of who the artists were in the film. I watched it again when I was 14, and was in awe to see that James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles were all performing in the film. Even the songs performed by Jim Belushi and Dan Akroyd are such a vibe… it’s by far the best film score and soundtrack of all time (and the best film of all time, @ me).

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Posted by Rebecca Costanzo