PSB does not treat silent film with the careful respect of In the Nursery, but neither do they diffuse the score with their own presence. The new soundtrack for this Soviet film classic melds larger-than-life strings and slavic melancholy with stylish beats and, here and there, Tennant urging the oppressed to break their chains in his exquisitely restrained and dreamy vocals. I can't help my hairs standing on end when, with the help of Torsten Rasch who has previously given Rammstein the philharmonic treatment, the suburban grace of PSB meets battering symphonic propaganda in the style of Laibach. Yet Tennant and Lowe bring an additional level of complexity, a sort of calm and, again, dignity into the orchestrated storm, which elevates this piece of work above both of the aforementioned bands.
I have not seen "Battleship Potemkin" (except for the baby cart scene), but the mostly instrumental album works just fine without it. Hopefully the huge success of the live performance of this piece in London last year has given the boys incentive to go on branching out into interesting areas rather than trying to rekindle bygone glories. More musicals, an opera, perhaps ballet? Count me in.