Lisa Gerrard, spiritually intense wailer and ex-Dead Can Dance member is, we'll wager, no close relation to Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool midfielder. But you never know. She's gone all Maori on us here for a New Zealand indie film, and aren't they the fellas who do those scary war-dance routines before playing thug-ball, or rugby, or whatever it's called? Lisa, after working on Gladiator, Ali and others, is now a big Hollywood soundtracks player, which is comically absurd but blissfully reassuring.

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Whalerider – 4AD

Lisa Gerrard, spiritually intense wailer and ex-Dead Can Dance member is, we’ll wager, no close relation to Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool midfielder. But you never know. She’s gone all Maori on us here for a New Zealand indie film, and aren’t they the fellas who do those scary war-dance routines before playing thug-ball, or rugby, or whatever it’s called? Lisa, after working on Gladiator, Ali and others, is now a big Hollywood soundtracks player, which is comically absurd but blissfully reassuring. “Very low, very dark Maori shell flutes” have been used here, and “traditional female Maori vocals”. Just this once, I’ll admit to cluelessness concerning the genre.