Editors' Notes Compared to the freeform psychedelic churn of James Holden & the Animal Spirits’ eponymous 2017 album, or Three Live Takes, Holden’s 2018 collaborative EP with Moroccan Gnawa musician Maâlem Houssam Guinia, the British producer/DJ's soundtrack debut is remarkably restrained, a contemplative immersion in slowly cycling analog synths. Familiarity with the companion 2017 documentary about Southeast Asian political upheavals isn't necessary to connect to the score’s cool pads and pulsing arpeggios: Stripping away all the techno impulses and textural chaos, the score zeroes in on the heady ambient tonalities underpinning all of Holden’s work. It makes for a remarkable chance to hear one of avant dance music’s greatest talents unplugged—from his drum machine, at least.

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Srey Pov's Theme
1
2:53
 
Monk's Theme, Pt. I
2
1:28
 
Downturn Medley
3
2:19
 
Solidarity Theme (Villagers)
4
1:34
 
Monk's Theme, Pt. II
5
0:52
 
The Villagers
6
2:00
 
Disintegration Drone I
7
2:18
 
Solidarity Theme (Release)
8
3:25
 
Monk's Theme, Pt. III (Exit)
9
2:24
 
Reprise
10
1:26
 
Disintegration Drone II (Torn Cone)
11
5:19
 
Disintegration Drone III (Death Rattle)
12
3:05
 
Self-Playing Schmaltz
13
4:46
 
Srey Pov's Theme (End Credits)
14
5:16
 

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