• alun woodward Music from Battle Mountain (180g vinyl LP, £16.50)

    label: chemikal underground

    Elusive former Delgado and Lord Cut Glass puppet master Alun Woodward emerges from a seven year silence with this spectral soundtrack to documentary about maverick Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree. • While the cycling connection with Woodward’s old band will resonate with some, it’s secondary to the dazzling and poignant backdrop he’s created for David Street’s portrait of a quixotic sporting legend. • Largely instrumental, Woodward weaves electronica, loops and guitars to illuminate the warmth, wit and wilfulness of a remarkable sportsman. • The effectiveness of the soundtrack also serves to remind us of Woodward’s intuitive musical talent and showcases a songwriter still capable of packing a formidable emotional punch. • The LP includes a download code and is limited to a run of 500.

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