Mundi

My House Is the Sky (International Rain)

Texas Platters

"Demeter's Danse" and "Sandansko Horo" open local sextet Mundi's fourth album with widescreen vistas of rolling green hills and blues skies, possibly in New Zealand or Ireland, a helicopter cam sweeping across the frame as a horseman rides in. The melancholy "El Camino" floats over images of a funeral, but the title track settles in on a domestic scene of a happy family gathering in the kitchen during dinner prep. Even the cover of Dead Can Dance's "Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book" sounds like the theme of a period UK film. With a front line of cello, violin, French horn, and composer/arranger Darrel Mayers' worldbeat vision, the associations come organically, and Mundi pulses strikingly cinematic. Most soundtrack music stays in the background and Mayers' sweet melodies are no different, but at least My House Is the Sky hosts a memorable film night.

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