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Lone Star Sounds: Clint Niosi explores ‘Her Wilderness’ on new soundtrack

Posted 11:46am on Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

It begins with lapping water, cicadas and the breeze.

But it’s not long before an ominous noise begins to overtake the soothing sounds of nature, and an immersion into a fascinating new project starts. Working with local filmmaker Frank Mosley, Fort Worth singer-songwriter Clint Niosi has fashioned an arresting collage of movie dialogue and sonic textures on the soundtrack to Mosley’s film, Her Wilderness, that is worlds away from his most recent solo record, 2012’s For Pleasure and Spite (Niosi is currently working on its follow-up).

Mosley and Niosi didn’t limit themselves to the cinema, either: Her Wilderness has also taken the shape of a theater piece, Hot/Cold, as well as a “looped installation triptych” called The Fairest of All.

There’s a tight focus at work here, likely stemming from Niosi conceiving and performing these tracks entirely on his own ( Britt Robisheaux handled the mastering). Niosi contributed five instrumentals to the film, with the remainder of the half-hour album filled out with ambient sounds from Wilderness.

The repetitive striking of a xylophone in Our Song feels like a nightmare you don’t want to wake up from (a scream punctuating the end of the piece only reinforces the horror), while Just Say Something relies on low, mournful strings, rocking back and forth like a seesaw in the rain.

Having not seen Mosley’s film, it’s hard to say how the soundtrack works in that context, but taken on its own (it does incorporate dialogue from the actors, and gives an elliptical sense of Her Wilderness’s narrative), it’s a transfixing experience.

The Her Wilderness soundtrack is available through iTunes and Spotify, and for Saturday’s Record Store Day, a limited-edition CD of the score — only 150 copies are being made — will be available at Good Records, Doc’s Records, Mad World Records, CD Source and Recycled Books.

Online: herwilderness.com

Randy Rogers Band, ‘Homemade Tamales: Live at Floore’s’

The stage is where Texas country acts live or die — make an impression on audiences from El Paso to Tyler, and your career is all but guaranteed. (Such are the benefits of being located in a state where a band can legitimately mount a six-week tour and still not reach everyone.) Cleburne’s Randy Rogers Band is an act that has cemented itself in the firmament of Lone Star country groups, and is on the cusp of its 15th anniversary.

The quintet hasn’t released a live album in nine years (since 2005’s Live at Billy Bob’s Texas), but ends the drought with this terrific, two-disc keepsake from last year’s two-night stand at the legendary John T. Floore’s Country Store. The set, which includes a complete concert, also features a DVD of the show, as well as two new studio cuts, including the single Satellite.

Online: randyrogersband.com

Preston Jones, 817-390-7713 Twitter: @prestonjones

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