LOI BAO.

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I first encountered the music of composer Christopher Wong back in 2007, this was when I heard his beguiling and haunting score for JOURNEY FROM THE FALL, some ten years on I am pleased to say that the composer is still producing effective and affecting music for movies, one of his recent works LOI BAO, which is a 2017 release, is probably one of the more entertaining and interesting releases of recent months. I am intrigued at the composer’s ease to create unassuming but at the same time effective and lingering themeatic material, which is a fusion of what I call old school film music as in symphonic, with the more contemporary sounding material that at times is synthetic or electronically fashioned. LOI BAO, I think is the perfect example of both conventional instrumentation and the electronic working together flawlessly and blending so well together to create a score that is action led but also has to it a melodic and alluring persona. The composer integrates both mediums to invent and concoct a veritable smorgasbord of sounds and themes which can not only underline the films storyline, but, are able stand on their own as just music that will entertain, inspire and transport any listener to another time, place and scenario. The central score is driving and dramatic, with the string section and percussion taking the centre stage, and being ably supported and augmented by brass and woods, the soundtrack also has to it a lighter side which is delicate and somewhat fragile sounding that conjures up a mood that purveys vulnerability, the composer utilising sorrowful Cello, solo piano, solo guitar and at times solo voice or voices that are both eerie and imposing. This is a score that is literally dripping with rich and infectious themeatic material, it has a beating and driving heart and a commanding and powerful body that is enhanced by a more tender and romantic aura. The work has a running time of over an hour, which is rare these days, so this is certainly a case of quality and quantity, it is a great listen and one that I would recommend, without reservation. Available via Movie score Media, the soundtrack is on I Tunes and Spotify.

 

1.
Opening Titles
1:58
2.
One Against Many (Theme from “Lôi Báo”)
3:39
3.
Almost Nothing Left
3:48
4.
The Fable
2:09
5.
After Surgery
1:52
6.
Drawing Frustration
2:43
7.
Street Fight
1:24
8.
Power Inherited
1:35
9.
Secret Compound
1:28
10.
Lifting the Car
1:36
11.
Familiar Place
2:32
12.
Saving the Girl
2:35
13.
Empty House
1:47
14.
Stranger Waiting
2:11
15.
Losing Time
2:26
16.
Close to Betrayal
4:48
17.
Escaping the House
3:34
18.
Interrogation
2:46
19.
Past Regrets
1:59
20.
Losing Mother
2:37
21.
Motorcycle Chase
4:02
22.
A Sacrifice Revealed
2:34
23.
Infiltration
2:06
24.
Underground Rescue
4:28
25.
Duel at the River
3:07
26.
Going Home
3:26
27.
One Against Many (Theme from “Lôi Báo”) (Reprise)

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