Review: Talking Book – “Talking Book II”

The best film scores are symbiotes, feeding off developments on the screen as much as their notes and flourishes contribute non-diagetic narrative elements such as foreshadowing. A character enters the frame, their leitmotif surfaces and the action unfurls, and so on. Talking Book is a duo-turned-trio – and Faith No More/Gigante Sound side project, it should…

Review: Pan-American – “Kidnap!” b/w “Casino” (Reissue)

The typewriter appearing in “Kidnap!” is initially misleading but oddly apropos. The track, from an early Pan-American cassette recording re-released online this month, is old, but it’s not that old, am I right? (It appears to predate Pan-American’s self-titled debut, from 1998.) What’s surprising about the too-short, two-song “re-release” – and what makes it worth…