End Titles... Stories for Film

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End Titles... Stories for Film
Studio album by Unkle
Released 7 July 2008 (2008-07-07)
Genre Trip hop, electronica, downtempo, alternative dance, psychedelic rock
Length 74:46
51:52 (End Titles... Redux)
Label Surrender All
Producer UNKLE, Chris Goss
Unkle chronology
More Stories
(2008)
End Titles... Stories for Film
(2008)
Where Did the Night Fall
(2010)
Alternative cover
Cover of End Titles... Redux
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net (84%) link
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Okayplayer (85/100) link
Pitchfork Media (4.3/10) link

End Titles... Stories for Film is the fourth studio album from British electronic music act Unkle, inspired by feature films created since Unkle's previous 2007 album War Stories, released on 7 July 2008 (2008-07-07).[1] The album follows a title and a mixed soundscape, after Unkle's 2005 mix album Edit Music for a Film: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Reconstruction, but unlike that, composed entirely of original material. It features collaborators: Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age), Black Mountain, Gavin Clark, Joel Cadbury (of South), James Petralli (of White Denim), War Stories producer Chris Goss, Dave Bateman, and James Griffith of Lake Trout/Unkle’s touring band.

Background[edit]

In the credits to the album James Lavelle stated:

This is not the new Unkle album. It is a collection of pieces of music recorded in the two years since we completed War Stories. As we were finishing that album, Pablo Clements, my brother Aidan and I set up a studio, Surrender Sounds. [...] One of the most enjoyable areas we have been exploring over the years is the area of audio-visual collaborations, music for film, television, computer games and the like. However, there is a rather frustrating side to this type of creative endeavour. A lot of the music you're making ends up sitting on the shelf, neither properly released nor heard. A waste, really we thought. So this album is our attempt to alleviate our musical frustrations whilst hoping that it will find a wider audience.

Release[edit]

The track "Trouble in Paradise (Variation on a Theme)" is a full length version of a track from the BMW commercial that was aired on British television.[2] "Chemical" originally appeared as an instrumental on Unkle's album War Stories under the title "Chemistry". Josh Homme, who also sang on "Restless" from the same album, now sings vocals over the track.[3] Tracks "Blade In The Back", "Synthetic Water" and "Heaven" made their first appearance on Unkle's Japanese-Australian album More Stories.

The limited edition CD of End Titles... Stories for Film is packaged in a four panel wrap around digipak with an embossed gloss finish and includes a 12-page booklet.[4]

Free downloads promotion[edit]

From 27 June 2008 (2008-06-27) four separate tracks from the middle section of the album were made available to free download, via four different websites to collect individually.[5] The tracks were made available as follows:

  • On 27 June 2008 (2008-06-27) track 5, "Kaned And Abel" via UNKLE.com,
  • On 30 June 2008 (2008-06-30) track 8, "Chemical" (featuring Josh Homme) via a Pitchfork Media website – link,
  • On 2 July 2008 (2008-07-02) track 6, "Blade In The Back" via a RCRD LBL website – link,
  • On 4 July 2008 (2008-07-04) track 7, "Synthetic Water" via UNKLE77.com – link.

X-Files end titles[edit]

The premiere of End Titles... Stories for Film has been promotionally linked to Unkle's "reinterpretation" of Mark Snow's "The X-Files Theme" as an end title for The X-Files sequel feature movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, although the newly recorded track is not featured on Unkle's album. Beside the song "Broken" from War Stories, it will be featured on the movie's score soundtrack "The X-Files: I Want to Believe: Original Score" (composed by Snow).[6]

  • On 10 July 2008 (2008-07-10) British radio network Xfm informed that the track "X-Files (Unkle Variation on a Theme) – Surrender Sounds Session #10" was available to free download.[7]link

Redux Release[edit]

On 8 December 2008 (2008-12-08) seven re-interpreted tracks from End Titles… Stories For Film, with two unreleased tracks "When Once It Was" and "A Perfect Storm", were released digitally as End Titles... Redux. The official UNKLE store offered 3000 limited-edition CDs of the album. The exclusive package is a 6-panel soft-pack with a 12-page booklet, with images by Robert Del Naja.

Several tracks from the Redux edition were included in a collaboration with fashion house Alexander McQueen titled Unkle For McQ for the Autumn/Winter 2009 collection, which was given away at an Alexander McQueen press day.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All track written by James Lavelle, Pablo Clements, James Griffith except where noted[9]

  1. "End Titles" – 0:35
  2. "Cut Me Loose" (featuring Gavin Clark) – 5:24
  3. "Ghosts" [vocals by James Lavelle] (C. Goss, D. Bateman) – 4:57
  4. "Ghosts (String Reprise)" – 0:39
  5. "Kaned and Abel" – 1:04
  6. "Blade in the Back" (featuring Gavin Clark) – 5:12
  7. "Synthetic Water" – 1:06
  8. "Chemical" (featuring Josh Homme) (C. Goss, J. Homme, R. File) – 2:48
  9. "Nocturnal" (featuring Chris Goss, James Petralli and Robbie Furze) (C. Goss) – 5:01
  10. "Cut Me Loose (String Reprise)" – 0:59
  11. "Against the Grain" (featuring Gavin Clark) – 5:22
  12. "Even Balance (Part Two)" (featuring Melinda Gareh) – 0:45
  13. "Trouble in Paradise (Variation on a Theme)" – 5:01
  14. "Can't Hurt" (featuring Gavin Clark & Joel Cadbury) (J. Cadbury) – 4:13
  15. "24 Frames" – 4:45
  16. "In a Broken Dream" – 1:24
  17. "Clouds" (featuring Amber Webber & Stephen McBean) (D. Bateman, S. McBean) – 4:07
  18. "Black Mass" – 3:08
  19. "Open Up Your Eyes" (featuring Abel Ferrara) (A. Ferrara) – 2:43
  20. "Romeo Void" – 2:11
  21. "Heaven" (featuring Gavin Clark) – 6:58
  22. "The Piano Echoes" (Zeben Jameson) – 5:24
  23. "Dolphinarium" (Japanese Bonus Track) – 1:07
  24. "On the Run" (Japanese Bonus Track) – 3:06

Tracks: 1, 5–7, 19–22 were taken from the film Odyssey in Rome.

End Titles... Redux[edit]

  1. "When Once It Was" – 1:18
  2. "Cut Me Loose (Redux)" (featuring Gavin Clark) – 4:57
  3. "Can't Hurt (Redux)" (featuring Gavin Clark and Joel Cadbury) – 4:46
  4. "Against The Grain (Redux)" (featuring Gavin Clark) – 5:40
  5. "24 Frames (Redux)" – 5:05
  6. "A Perfect Storm" – 3:15
  7. "Heaven (Redux)" (featuring Gavin Clark) – 10:20
  8. "Nocturnal (Redux)" – 5:18
  9. "Clouds (Redux)" (featuring Black Mountain) – 5:29
  10. "Trouble in Paradise (Variation on a Theme)" – 5:44[10]

McQ[edit]

  1. "Intro: UNKLE 4 MCQ" - 0:55
  2. "Heaven" (Live Union Chapel Mix) - 6:49
  3. "Persons and Machinery" (featuring Autolux) - 5:26
  4. "Proximity" (Unreleased Able Skit) - 1:13
  5. "Unknown" (String Reprise) - 0:24
  6. "Heaven" (Acapella) - 0:06
  7. "Mayday" - 3:17
  8. "Ghosts" (String Reprise) - 0:42
  9. "Against the Grain" (Hip Hop Mix) - 5:11
  10. "24 Frames" (Redux) - 4:58
  11. "Ghost" (5:00)
  12. Danny Elfman - "Wanted: The Little Things" (UNKLE Surrender Sounds Session #13 Dub Mix) - 4:06
  13. "Blade in the Black" - 5:14
  14. Queens of the Stone Age - "Burn the Witch" (UNKLE Remix) - 2:54
  15. "Morning Rage" - 5:15
  16. "Trouble in Paradise" (Variation on a Theme) - 5:43

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unkle End Titles... Stories For Film UK CD ALBUM (437866)". eil.com. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  2. ^ "Pre-order End Titles… Stories for Film Limited Edition CD". musictoday.com. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  3. ^ "New Music: UNKLE (ft. Josh Homme): "Chemical"". pitchforkmedia.com. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  4. ^ "End Titles... Stories for Film Pre-order". musictoday.com. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  5. ^ "End Titles free downloads". UNKLE77.com. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  6. ^ "UNKLE Gives 'X-Files' Theme A Fresh Spin". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  7. ^ "A Whole Load Of Free Downloads". XFM.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  8. ^ "UNKLE 77". UNKLE 77. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  9. ^ "End Titles... Stories For Film". discogs.com. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  10. ^ "UNKLE - End Titles… Redux MP3 Downloads". 7digital. Retrieved 2008-12-08.