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Soundtrack review: Till we meet again (Dexter Britain – 2015)

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“Till we meet again” is a movie that follows a couple through their completely different journeys in Thailand and simultaneously reveals their past in New York through flash backs. The couple just split and the journey takes unexpected consequences when temporary attraction, anxiety, loneliness and unfamiliar grounds forces them to learn who they really are. The score was written by Dexter Britain, a new name for me.

The intro is warm and welcoming and I get that sensation of entering the water when the temperature is just right: not too cold, not to warm, just right so I only feel the water in my skin without getting shivers or any kind of discomfort. The music borders on the atmospheric while saying light and unintrusive. I love a score like this. This is the kind of composition that hits the sweet spot…it makes me feel without trying to tell me what to feel. I get the constant feeling of the gleaming reflection of the sun as it hits the surface of the sea. I am in that sea, forever relaxed and I am having one of those moments when nothing can touch or affect me.

The piano is used right; the strokes are rare and sweet. The other sounds are dreamy and induce me a state of peace. Even with all this I can sense that the music hides pain and doubt. This silence is meaningful and says more than words. if you read my thoughts over the last few months you already know that I consider 201 to be the year of minimalism in film music and “Till we meet again” is part of that.

Dexter Britains’s composition makes me feel as if I was somewhere very high watching something important and heavy developing down below. If I would get closer the music would be louder and more aggressive but this way from where I am I can only hear echoes which take a different shape and drown the drama and doubts.

The music of “Till we meet again” burns slowly and this keeps it alive longer. This is the kind of score which will leave and echo inside me because it itself is an echo of feelings the composer wanted to communicate to us. If you enjoy laid back ambient music this score is for you. I’m not afraid to compare the music to Brian Eno’s. It has the same cosmic atmospheric sound that is just dreamy and rewarding. This sound has a special place inside my heart and I am very happy when a score like this one comes along.

Cue rating: 92 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 22 / 41

Album excellence: 54%

Highlights:

Till We Meet Again

We Needed Eachother

We’re Going To The Jungle

Elephants and Swimming

David And Joanna

Travelling Back

Look At The View

I Shouldn’t Have Let You Go

Going On

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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