When you read about Fall on Your Sword, there will be an inevitable mention that Sword member Phil Mossman was also part of LCD Soundsystem at various points in the band’s run. It’s not something that is irrelevant or unimportant, but it’s also not necessary to enjoy Fall on Your Sword’s music, which exists in an alternate world where proggy keyboard wizards got to keep scoring weird films after the early ’80s ended. And yeah, it turns out they did get to keep scoring films because Fall on Your Sword’s album is actually a soundtrack to the film Another Earth (Milan Records). The synopsis should give you a pretty good vibe as to the weird technological peaks and valleys this music inhabits: “a bright young woman recently accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. John Burroughs (William Mapother), a brilliant composer, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child with his loving wife. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes, and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined.” Wild times. We haven’t seen it yet, but based on the soundtrack it is probably existentially depressing in a way that somehow makes us feel inspired about the future and also life and also technology. So stream the entire thing below, keep a lookout for the DFA 12-inch that has extended mixes of a couple soundtrack highlights, and then close your eyes really tight and try to imagine how wild it would be if you woke up one day, did some science stuff and figured out that there was another habitable planet exactly like this one just chilling out there in vast space. You’d probably make music like this too.
Stream: Fall on Your Sword, Another Earth Soundtrack