The Spanish Apartment Soundtrack, Import
Soundtrack to the French Film Directed by Cedric Klapisch that Won One Cesar Award (The French Equivalent of the Oscars) and was Nominated for Five More. The International Song Lineup features Contributions from Artists as Diverse as Radiohead, Ali Farka Toure, Vicente Amigo, Kouz-1, Daft Punk and the Late Arthur Rubinstein.
So, while waiting for the home release of the film, the soundtrack is the next best thing. The movie itself depicts the fear of setting off to a foreign country to study - not knowing the language, the culture, the people. Then, the slow process of finding a base, tentative stabs at making friends, and then - true bonding and an indelible experience.
The music helps you capture that feeling. The film calls for a compilation that is global in nature, since the essence of the film deals with the potential of Europe as a cohesive whole. The soundtrack delivers a mix that is multi-cultural, vibrant, youthful. It is at times Spanish, Catalan, English, French...with a dollop of Arabic/African sensibility thrown in, a nod to the increasing influence those locales have on anything that's hip in Spain.
In short, a great CD to have in your changer.
You have not seen the movie? Then this CD is a great sampler of music that is played in Europe. It's quite diverse from a classical tune, to Ali Farka, to spanish Rap, to Euro disco music.
If you are Europe inclined this is a fun CD to have around. I play it by myself or when I have friends over. They always ask: Who is this? As there are some really catchy tunes in it.
And oh yes, go and see the movie, it is really cool. Nothing to brainy but just real fun.