by / March 10th, 2008 /

Mike Patton – A Perfect Place

(Ipecac)

Where does Mike Patton find the time? Not content with fronting one of the most influential rock bands ever in Faith No More, he’s seemingly used every waking hour since their split to indulge his many musical impulses.

Barely a month goes by without some fresh dispatch from Team Patton. Whether it’s a release from his weird, wonderful Ipecac stable, lending his voice to computer games (The Darkness, Bionic Commando) and Hollywood blockbusters (I Am Legend), or simply firing out some new music in one of his various guises (Tomahawk, Fantômas, Peeping Tom’¦we could go on), Patton clearly doesn’t rest well. So it comes as no surprise to find the chameleonic crooner turning his hand to the world of film scores, for Derrick Scocchera’s 25 minute WWII period short A Perfect Place.

The beauty of this particular outing is how the movie framework and period setting provide a limitation that reigns in Patton’s more esoteric leanings, the music benefiting from the constraints of a mood or brief. Scocchera’s noir-cum-comedy plot (like a more sinister, sarcastic Coen Brothers) makes for suitably eerie and capered musical passages, with a central theme providing the germ for each piece, incorporating various styles and genres, from operatic, big band jazz to faux romantic balladry. It’s a dizzying array but nothing less than one could expect, with the `50’s twist (literally) version of -A Perfect Twist’ up there with almost anything he’s been involved in before. One to please the fair-weather fan and Patton acolytes alike.

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  • Effitus

    Good review! I am looking forward to the film, but the soundtrack is class. Mike took a simple lullaby-like melody as the recurring theme of the soundtrack, and the effect is very catchy. He gives different versions of it, which not only provide a great soundtrack, but which actually wouldn’t be bad to hear performed onstage as well.
    Then the individual songs; “Perfect Twist” is the nearest I have heard him go to Mr.Bungle’s version of 50s/60s pop of the “California” days. But as instantly gratifying as that song is, the real gems here are the “Dream of Roses” barbershop jazz (or whatever the correct term is), and the amazing Italian operatic piece towards the end. What can I say? Pick it up!

  • Bruno Tozzini

    really good review! this soundtrack is amazing. Perfect twist rocks.