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Liska, Zdenek / Malá Morská Víla
Album:Malá Morská Víla Collection:General
Artist:Liska, Zdenek Added:11/2011
Label:B-Music 

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Add Date:2012-04-07 Pull Date:2012-06-09 
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Album Review
sean m
Reviewed 2012-04-03 
Finders Keepers Records does it again, this time with the first ever issue of Zdenek Liska's original orchestral/electronic score to 'Malá Morská Víla' from 1976, a Czech film adaptation of Hans C. Anderson's 'The Little Mermaid'. Though the label is no stranger to obscuro-oddities, they themselves describe this as “one of the most idiosyncratic and haunting undiscovered scores in the annals of European cinematic history.” Yup. Chilling, evocative, psychedelic... not your Disney “Little Mermaid,” I promise. Overall, an eccentric and orchestral listen, rife with cinematic string arrangements, brass and woodwind highlights, and deep, dark early electronic sounds. No idea what to compare it to... like a trippier, ghostlier, Czech-er Bernard Hermann. Check tracks 11, 9, 17, or 7.

01. introductory; overture (4:03)
02. ambient, pulsing percussion (1:29)
03. horse-trot, creepy strings, sound effects … (2:46)
04. deep electronic percussion, chilling female vox (3:38)
05. cool opening treble drone, gives way to nice strings + horns (2:21)
06. chilling choir vox; great interlude (1:19)
07. * cool, schizophrenic electronic sounds a la ‘Forbidden Planet’ (3:11)
08. descending strings + pounding elec. kick drum (1:39)
09. * flute + synth interlude interrupted by Morricone-like strings (1:23)
10. brief cut of more morosely descending strings (0:48)
11. ** extended version of track 9 -- plus female vox! (2:32)
12. weird low-end synth drone + lilting flute melody. more nice strings. (2:05)
13. sounds like instrumental version of track 4 (1:06)
14. more ‘Forbidden Planet’ chirping, whirring, buzzing, sawing (1:31)
15. * creepy female vox over choir background + weird clapping (1:11)
16. walking sound effect (0:11)
17. * carnival-y flute fanfare alternates w/ -- you guessed it -- creepy vox (3:25)
18. sweeping white noise and sound fx highlight pretty string arrangement (2:07)
19. anxious, staccato synth and strings -- what’s going to happen????? (0:31)
20. bird-like synth chirps and whirrs (0:46)
21. machine-like synth fx with brief female vocals at end (1:16)
22. dramatic string interlude! (0:24)
23. multi-sectioned overture … cool to get a taste of the many elements that the rest of the soundtrack consists of (5:58)
24. quick, droney outro (0:21)

Track Listing
1.Malá Morská Víla 13.Statue Of Salt Two
2.Witches Firewall 14.Carodejnice's Castle
3.Pearls From The Deep 15.The Song Of The Siren (Song)
4.King Of The Ocean 16.Prince Of The Southern Empire
5.The Pendant / The Little Mermaid (Theme) 17.Games / Echoes
6.The Song Of The Siren (Theme) 18.The Kiss
7.The Sixth Sister 19.Ascension To Fireworks
8.Statue Of Salt One 20.Bird In A Cage
9.Aquatic Babicka (Theme) 21.The Voice
10.In Safe Hands 22.Behind The Rock
11.Aquatic Babicak (Song) 23.Sunken Dagger / The Little Mermaid (Song)
12.The Black Sea 24.The Pendant