"Baradar" is the story of a refugee, to put it plainly, and it can be experienced as a short film as well. The soundtrack on its own is a moving enough piece though that it can be listened to without the visual aspects and still be appreciated. The first song "Hope" has delicate strings that feel uplifting. It has this post rock driven to it, and yet at the same time it feels so symphonic. I imagine an orchestra playing the songs of Explosions In The Sky and that then becomes a thought that should be a reality by now.
"Big Brother, Pt. 1" has a more fragile feeling to it. The strings come through like porcelain, so easy to touch and break them. Sadder strings paint the background as it also feels hollow, a sense of loss. If you read the story of what this short film is about, without having seen it you can begin to put together the events through the soundtrack which is in many ways the ultimate way to experience ambient music which creates visuals in your mindscape.
The bells mix with that hollow abyss on "Before Dawn" and it has that feeling of waking up, but an urgency to it as well. When I wake up I tend to take a long time to fully wake up and get myself ready- showered, dressed, etc. But this just feels like that get out of bed and go drive which could possibly save me a lot of time in the morning. I literally wake up an hour and a half before I have to leave for work and I read an article about someone who gets ready in four minutes, so somewhere, some time down the line I should use this song as an inspiration to move faster.
"Big Brother, Pt. 2" brings back the sad strings with a feeling of vocal harmonies behind it. This is, as the film suggests, the idea of loss, of pain, of grieving, but also moving on, also going forward and pushing ahead-- not because you want to, but because you simply must. Pianos trill in now and just feels immaculate. There are a series of claps and it fades out, then returns with the piano which reminds me a bit of The Cancer Conspiracy. This is the type of music which is instrumental yet somehow manages to speak volumes.
This is the soundtrack which is worthy of listening to on its own, somewhere between a score, post rock and another form of music it seems to be creating on its own. And yet the soundtrack also does what most soundtracks should intend to do in the way that it makes me want to go out and see this short film, however that must be done. Hopefully, this generates these same feelings within you as you listen to this one through giant speakers in such wide open spaces.