All Around the World
And no, I’m not referring to the Euro pop song by ATC,
I’m actually just trying to be clever.
And whether I succeeded or not…it’s World music week!
Now, I know that Juno Reactor is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you picture world music, in fact, you’ve probably thought of Loreena McKennit, or perhaps a sexy French number by Alízee, even some of that obscure bongo beat African stuff that you occasionally find playing in Whole Foods.
And yes, Juno may be a London-based electro/orchestral band with connections to the infamous Traci Lords, but they’re also the band that featured in the score of the Matrix series and video games. With at least eight full-length albums out and singles in a list of Playstation games and animes, they definitely have an audience.
Their global element however, it what most intrigues me. Now, I’m a die hard Matrix fan (number one “while Mum’s away” dad-and-daughter badass film) and I would play the soundtrack over and over to get that adrenaline rush I felt every time I watched a fight scene. And there was one track in particular that I liked. The background to one of the most famous fights scenes, it features both African and Middle Eastern vocal/instrumental elements as well as a full choir and some orchestra. One of the most heart- pumping, intense tracks I know (I think of it as “Our Solemn Hour”, but with more martial arts).
You can even hear the part where Neo bends completely backwards to avoid slo-mo bullets. But don’t take my word for it. Without further ado, here it is: Navras, by Juno Reactor.