Mr Oizo & Gaspard Auge - Rubber

by Leonie Mercedes Rating:7 Release Date:2011-02-13

Experimental filmmaker and Flat Eric creator Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr Oizo) teamed up with Ed Banger stable-mate and one half of Justice, Gaspard Augé to make this, the soundtrack to his latest feature Rubber, a comedy horror about a homicidal tyre named Robert.

Title track 'Rubber' starts like a broken spaghetti western record, breaking down into - despite the round form of our anti-hero - a galloping climber that is pure Oizo, even playfully throwing in deranged splurges of dog-earred disco. It's not a giant leap from the Oizo's last album Lambs Anger, though synth wizard Augé keeps a firm hold on things so they remain cinematic, and don't veer off into the chaotic. Indeed, the head of Mr. Oizo's previous stable, Laurent Garnier declared his final album with the label "unlistenable".

Augé's Justician influence is certainly felt on sweetly melodic numbers like 'Everything is Fake' and 'Shiela', warped imaginings of French cinema scores with a touch of the manga about them. It does seem quite a strange juxtaposition; murderous tyre rolling through American desert to instrumental synth ballads, but this does all add to its charm.

Oui, la langue seems to be firmly dans la cheek, with a menacing take on Kraftwerk's 'Trans-Europe Express' ('Tricycle Express'), the smirking dread of 'Room 16', and the joshing lament of 'Racket'. So Rubber the movie may have divided audiences. This soundtrack couldn't serve as a better campaign for it. However, while successful at doing what it does, it may be forgotten.

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