Alain Goraguer, La Planete Sauvage

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 02.15.12 in Reviews

La Planète Sauvage (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Alain Goraguer

This strange and wonderful album didn’t single-handedly invent trip-hop, but it could’ve: Air, Portishead and DJ Shadow all sound like it, while Madlib, Big Pun and many others simply sampled it. The soundtrack for a supremely trippy 1973 French-Czechoslovakian animated sci-fi flick, it’s comprised of small but buttery-smooth and nearly seamless pieces by Alain Goraguer, former arranger for Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Juliette Gréco and other Gallic pop titans. His ability to combine rock instrumentation, orchestral strings, horns, woodwinds, jazz-funk percussion, wordless choirs and avant-garde experiments with layers of audio trickery is so advanced that even now, 40 years later, the whole thing still sounds as though it seeped out of some fantastical symphonic synthesizer of the future.