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Sunderland-born indie-folk/bedroom-pop artist Marc Bird releases Parting,  his brand new EP, which is available to order in digital and CD formats via his Bandcamp page. It’s a wonderfully crafted collection of songs filled with atmospheric ambience, rich, ethereal vocals and lovely psychedelic folk instrumentation with notes of Elliot Smith, Jonathan Bree and Syd Barrett. 

Here, Marc tells us about his top five movie soundtracks…

A little bit of an oddball this one, in that the famous rock opera by The Who was written, prior to being adapted into a feature film by one of my favourite directors Ken Russell. The original album recorded by The Who features some of my favourite versions of the songs, but Elton John’s Pinball Wizard and Tina Turner’s The Acid Queen are very strong and stand on their own.

The Darjeeling Ltd
A wonderful choice of songs from the one and only Wes Anderson; a mix of 70’s Kinks and original Bollywood soundtrack pieces, really add to this exotic and life-affirming tale. Not to mention the inclusion of Peter Sarstedt’s classic song, Where Do You Go To My Lovely!  

The Wicker Man
A bizarre folk-horror yarn requires an equally bizarre folk soundtrack. The Wicker Man immerses you in another place and time, as does the soundtrack. This is definitely a huge inspiration behind some of my most recent music and lyric writing.

Nino Rota’s soundtrack to Federico Fellini’s Casanova has always been one of my favourites. There are so many odd sounds and unnerving moments. I love writing instrumentals, some of which may feature on future releases of mine. I never fail to feel inspired when listening to this soundtrack.

The Fearless Vampire Killers
The Fearless Vampire Killers is hands down my favourite horror film of all time. Directed by and starring Roman Polanski, it verges on the point of slapstick, but manages to keep in line and remain haunting and mysterious, by the use of its stunning visuals and equally mesmerising soundtrack by Polish film music composer Krzysztof Komeda.

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