Ry Cooder, Paris, Texas – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Andy Beta

By Andy Beta

on 02.15.12 in Reviews

Paris, Texas - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Paris, Texas Soundtrack/Ry Cooder

The soundtrack for Wim Wenders’s 1984 Palme d’Or-winning existential desert noir Paris, Texas is as sparse and mysterious as the South Texas landscape from which Harry Dean Stanton arises in the film’s opening shot. Composed by hired-gun guitarist and chameleonic solo artist turned soundtrack master Ry Cooder, his mesmeric bottleneck lines slither in the arid ambient space provided by accompanists David Lindley and Jim Dickinson, touching upon blues, folk, and rancheras. Evocative with just a handful of notes, this is a stark, dustbitten classic.