Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2014 November 24 • Monday

The 346th Soundtrack of the Week is Peter Thomas's lovely music for Der letzte Mohikaner.

Peter Thomas is linked in my mind with the frenetic jazz of Jerry Cotton movies or the far-out, groovy shakes of Space Patrol.

But this score, for what is presumably a German take on The Last of the Mohicans, is almost entirely lyrical, romantic, lush and melodic. It has some of Thomas's signature aggressive and strangely mechanical rhythmic devices as well as his boozy use of brass, but mostly it's a score to be swept away by. There are also nods to some of the traditions of Western film scores, such as pulses that imitate the clip-clap of horse hooves and some Americana melodies like "Yankee Doodle".