Galya Bisengalieva – Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive – One Little Independent Records

In a way everything becomes a soundtrack. You only need to be awake to hear it surround you. In this instance the series of pieces making up the album are set to accompany freediver Johanna Nordblad as she tries to break the world record for distance swam under ice containing one breath of air. Directed by Ian Derry for Netflix what becomes rapidly apparent are the elements of suspense and danger in attempting to reach such an incredible goal.

The score consists of combinations of piercing yet rousing strings, layers of atmospheric drones along with synthesized swirls plus recorded natural sounds to accompany the breath simulating the journey. It’s a stunning listen reflecting determination and commitment while also capturing the organic nature of endeavour, which at the same time casts an unnerving presence to watch over events. It is also about resolution and positivity as moments become crystal clear seeking to uplift your spirit. At others they become the polar opposite. Just like life is.

Release: July 22

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