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Jonas Munk

Searching for Bill soundtrack

(Darla; US: 11 Mar 2013; UK: 2 Apr 2013)

As Manual, Danish musician Jonas Munk has released over a dozen albums of sunkissed, melodic ambient art with dreampop elements. Under other names he’s pushed some related angles even further. That he would be willing and able to do a movie score should be no surprise to anyone, as his music already has soundtracked the movies of listeners’ imagination.


Searching for Bill is an American road trip film by a Danish director. Munk’s music has always toyed with the oceans, but here you expect it to be more earthbound, and in a way it is. It isn’t quite a country/roots album, but it is at times rooted in that direction by guitar that evokes the West (in a Morriconne-esque Western-film way) and by snippets of radio station sounds that bring road trips across the U.S. to mind. At the same time, the music drifts in a way that’s typical of Munk—that is, a pretty way that also generates ample space and mystery within its sound.

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Dave Heaton has been writing about music on a regular basis since 1993, first for unofficial college-town newspapers and DIY fanzines and now mostly on the Internet. In 2000, the same year he started writing for PopMatters, he founded the online arts magazine ErasingClouds.com, still around but often in flux. He writes music reviews for the print magazine The Big Takeover. He is a music obsessive through and through. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.


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