Album review: Various Artists, “I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson”

by Jon E. Lynch

Various Artists, “I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson”Originally released in 2014 as a double compact disc, the compilation is available this week via American Laundromat Records in a third round of vinyl pressing. This iteration comes in stunning translucent gold and translucent red double LP available in limited quantities.

I first came across the Mystic, Connecticut-based American Laundromat Records (ALR) a decade ago when reading about and hunting down an album of Pixies covers, “Dig For Fire: A Tribute To Pixies.” The Pixies were an immeasurably important band to me in my early teens, as they were for many my relative age, and I relished the opportunity to hear other fans/musicians reinterpret some all-time favorite tracks. The label has since taken on other beloved artists for albums of similar approach including The Cure, The Smiths, and Elliott Smith. In 2012, the label released another personal favorite of mine in a killer track-for-track re-creation of arguably one of the greatest soundtracks ever, “A Tribute To Repo Man.”

To many, the music selections from the highly stylized film oeuvre of Wes Anderson are as iconic and important (and to some, greater) than the films themselves. It is pretty widely accepted that whatever film Wes Anderson is working on will have with it a soundtrack that is equally stellar and entertaining as his set design, cinematography, and unparalleled attention to detail. ALR has compiled 24 tracks culled and covered from the films “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” and more.

This is a fun collection for fans of Wes Andersons films, their accompanying soundtracks, and artfully curated cover albums featuring the likes of Mike Watt & The Secondmen, Juliana Hatfield, Telekinesis, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

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