Ghost Tropic is first and foremost the name of the third feature from acclaimed Belgian writer-director Bas Devos. The film tells the story of Khadija, a middle-aged cleaner who has no other option but to walk home through Brussels on a cold night after falling asleep on the last train. The journey is a reflection on motherhood and expectations, pride and unknown struggles, stories of the ghostly magic of a lonely night in a big city, of the kindness of strangers and the hurt felt seeing the vulnerability of someone you love.
Brecht Ameel, from the band Razen, uses his classical guitar training and his experience with various string instruments to craft a beautiful soundtrack of minimal ambient acoustic music. The Belgian musician’s intention was to create music that would be a warm blanket for the nocturnal odyssey of Khadija. A melody and rhythm to accompany her walk through the cold night, a sort of guiding light.
Ghost Tropic was premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and is set to be released on 1st January 2020. The accompanying soundtrack recording is out 2 days later via Hands in the Dark in a limited edition of 300 copies.
released January 3, 2020
Cat.#: HITD 051
All music composed by Brecht Ameel
Recorded by David Poltrock on Agfa Tape
Artwork by Floriane Miny
Ridiculously good. Strange slow-moving creaking performances on string and wind instruments and accordion of some kind, acoustic drone and acoustic doom... Beautiful discords, patient, ugly-beautiful melodies.
Weirdly it's mixed almost mono, but clearly not quite. This makes the atmosphere creepier and more oppressive, so I guess... fair enough? Peter Hollo