The Last Wave (also known as Black Rain in the US) was the final chapter in a trilogy of films scripted and directed by the leading auteur of the Australian New Wave, Peter Weir. Beginning in 1974 with the absurdist black comedy-horror The Cars That Ate Paris, and followed a year later by the lush gothic mystery Picnic At Hanging Rock, The Last Wave was a landmark in existential horror. Sitting alongside other Australian eco-terror films (e.g. Long Weekend) the film featured a haunting electronic soundtrack that is as mysterious and beguiling as the spiritual themes of the film itself. With no LP issued after the films premiere in 1977, and together with the mystery surrounding the true identity of its enigmatic composer ‘Charles Wain’, the score is a largely unheard recording of pioneering experimental film electronics, easily compared to the music that contemporaries Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream were composing for Australian films during the same period or the electronic soundtracks of John Carpenter. Tense atonal electronics, synthesizer drones and manipulated Didjeridu all perfectly capture the film’s ominous atmosphere, punctuating the slow hypnotic pace of this brooding supernatural thriller.
* The premiere soundtrack release to Peter Weir’s 1977 Australian New Wave Masterpiece.
* Lost electronic score from the enigmatic composer Charles Wain.
* 12-track LP re-mastered from the original stereo master tapes.
* 180g vinyl and deluxe packaging including archival film stills and original press material.
released November 11, 2016
Recorded at Albert Studios, Sydney, Australia 1977
Produced, composed and performed by Charles Wain
Didjeridu performed by David Gulpilil
Engineered by Charles Wain and Wahanui ‘Wyn’ Wynyard
Restoration by John Olson using the Plangent Process
Mastered by Don Bartley
Releases like this one makes you realise how much fun it could be to start a record label. To dig up & put out weird classy records that never really found an audience. Well, this one has. Cool. Robert Bloemkolk
This has become one of the most important albums of my life. It’s essence is indescribable. Every sound from the start of the record through the end is placed delicately and with care. The album cover is by Julie Mehretu. It’s absolutely an incredible release for which I shall be eternally grateful. Aniket