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ATTENTION, LES ENFANTS REGARDENT • L'INDISCRÉTION

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Composed by Éric DEMARSAN

Music Box Records - Limited Collector's Edition of 500 copies • Sold Out

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First time on CD. 
More than 70 minutes of music.
8-page CD booklet with French and English liner notes by Florent Groult.

Music Box Records is pleased to present on the same CD two original motion picture soundtracks composed by Éric Demarsan: Attention, les Enfants Regardent / Attention, the Kids Are Watching (1977) directed by Serge Leroy and L'Indiscrétion / The Indiscretion (1983) directed by Pierre Lary.

Attention, les Enfants Regardent tells the story of four children who, through an act of carelessness, accidentally cause the death of their governor, decide to hush things up and cover up the incident, without knowing that someone else has been a chance witness to the event and fully intends to profit from the fact. This nefarious character, a role quite out of character for Alain Delon (also the producer here), reveals himself directly to be the narrator of the plot and at the extent the Ogre of children’s tales.
Éric Demarsan infuses an unsettling sense of the unreal with the use of a high-pitched ghostly glass-harmonica and angelic voices from a children's choir. Beautiful melodic phrases on the harpsichord, on strings or on oboe, give the score a sense of melancholy and profound disenchantment. The composer also knows how to play tension: a growing unease expressed by the strings, themselves shattered by a saturated chord on electric guitar and woodwinds played in concert that grab hold of you, a tension in the orchestra. It is one of his most daring scores for a film which needs to be rediscovered.

L’Indiscrétion tells the story of an IT specialist with no life-story and on holiday (Jean Rochefort) picks up on the radio in his apartment the transmissions of a micro-transmitter spying on the conversations of a couple in a neighbouring street. The artistic pretensions appear more down-to-earth and the result of which is more immediately easy to grasp. The score is based on a melody with syncopations, lascivious phrases on an alluring saxophone and the various instrumental configurations of typical 1980s sounds (mixing strings, trumpet, piano, electric guitars, bass, drums and synthesizer) that bear the unmistakable imprint that Ennio Morricone had just left on the genre in France.

Combining on this album the scores to Attention, Les Enfants Regardent and L’Indiscrétion, with an enhanced presentation of unreleased material, this release presents two radically different approaches that, each in its own way, testifies to one and the same fact: more than a simple composer for the screen, Éric Demarsan is above all a musical screenwriter, who is both talented and meticulous.

ATTENTION, LES ENFANTS REGARDENT (35:21)L'INDISCRÉTION (36:41)
1. Ouverture (01:47)
2. Les enfants du soleil (07:09)
3. La rencontre (01:22)
4. Les enfants de la nuit (05:36)
5. Les enfants songent / les enfants tristes (02:18)
6. Les enfants regardent / L'ogre (03:49)
7. Le serment (03:25)
8. La mort de l'ogre (01:54)
9. L'anniversaire* (02:28)
10. Strip-tease* (01:51)
11. Le dîner* (01:19)
12. Supermarché* (01:52)
13. Indiscrétion (03:00)
14. Apparition (03:20)
15. Elimination (02:44)
16. Falsification (01:45)
17. Investigation (04:48)
18. Vibration** (02:20)
19. Impulsion** (01:46)
20. Prémonition (02:01)
21. Dislocation (03:23)
22. Interrogation** (01:43)
23. Libération (03:07)
24. Fascination (06:16)

*previously unreleased
**contains unreleased material

 CD review: 

“The score to Attention... opens with a choir and slips nicely into a quite brilliant harpsichord, strings and flute number of such staggering melodic beauty and brilliance. The album continues in this pastoral, classical, slightly jazzy and experimental fashion, and has to be one of the most interesting soundtracks we've heard in a while.” (Jonny Trunk, Record Collector)

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