“Songs for The Last Werewolf” is an album of music inspired by Glen Duncan’s book of the same title. It sits somewhere between the soundtrack of a non-existent movie, adding atmosphere to the unfilmed scenes, and with the mixture of music and snatches of spoken word – presumably dialogue from the novel – a musical interpretation of the novel. Here though the music tells the story arc by itself that it could stand alone well enough without these additional narrative hints.
PopMatters introduces us to Glen Duncan and his novel 'The Last Werewolf' & Stephen Coates' musical rendering of the latter. This music review, published by the international online magasine, takes a look at the matching public profiles of both author Duncan and artist Coates, and how their literary and musical geniuses combined is a recipe for a heavenly mix!
The novel, described as “sexy, violent, and civilized,” centers on the titular werewolf discovering at last another like him, to join in fighting the anti-supernatural corporations threatening his species. Duncan reads from The Last Werewolf while Stephen Coates, of the Real Tuesday Weld, performs from the soundtrack — both of which are on sale.
It’s probably the best dinner party music we’ve ever heard. With its whispered dialogue, orchestral turns, gleeful winds and strings, and mild electrobeats, The Real Tuesday Weld's "Me and Mr. Wolf" is a bridge from the generation who digs this kind of thing to the generation who’s never understood it. Count us now in the former, and keep your eyes peeled for The Last Werewolf, coming on Six Degrees, July 12.
"The album tracks cover a spectrum of styles, from ’30s ballads to gypsy jazz, electro-swing and torch song to minimal electronica, and feature an array of guest vocalists including Joe Coles, Marcella Puppini (Puppini Sisters), Piney Gir and Pinkie Maclure (Pumajaw). In addition, several cuts feature dialogue from the novel, with Duncan among those lending his voice talents."