Alun Woodward - Music from Battle Mountain
Chemikal Underground founder and ex-Delgado Alun Woodward makes a more than welcome return after seven long years of radio silence, producing this spectral and emotive score for Battle Mountain: a film documenting the incredible exploits of maverick Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree.
While the cycling connection with Woodward’s old band will no doubt resonate with some, it’s secondary to the dazzling and poignant backdrop he’s skilfully created for David Street’s portrait of a quixotic sporting genius. Battles are waged throughout: the attritional preparations for the landspeed record itself, dogged by technical and physical setbacks; the subsequent, nerve-jangling trials on a windswept Nevadan highway; and the ongoing internal struggles that Graeme’s bravely fought throughout his life.
All of these elements are illuminated and intensified by Alun’s uplifting score, capturing the warmth, wit and willfulness of a remarkable man and highlighting the intuitive musical talent of a songwriter who can still pack a formidable emotional punch.