Songs from the Motion Picture Soundtrack, ‘The Rock ‘n' Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher' (Velvet Blue)
This should not be a surprise, but the soundtrack to Justin Monroe's “The Rock ‘n' Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher” is a spectacular weapon to be used against coastal twerps who might sneer at or otherwise doubt the rich bounty of great indie music in Oklahoma. Featuring some of the best emerging talent in this state, the soundtrack to Monroe's indie film about an Oklahoma music scion's journey of rock ‘n' roll ambition plays like a particularly amazing weekend at FreeTulsa or the Norman Music Festival. This is not boosterism: the collection is that strong.
Colourmusic, Sherree Chamberlain and Broncho's Ryan Lindsey contribute three tracks each — all of which will be familiar to long-standing fans. Lindsey's tracks, including “Open Late” and the atmospheric “Summertime,” hark back to his 2006 album “White Paper Beds,” emphasizing the more introspective side of his songwriting that dominated before the launch of the '77 punk-inspired Broncho. Chamberlain's contributions include her superb “Circus Dear” and “Help Me,” and Colourmusic includes “Put in a Little Gas,” “Someday Speaks Loudly” and “The Gospel Song.”
But beyond those three major contributors are standouts from Tulsa hip-hop adventurer Johnny Polygon (“Ebonics”), Ithica (“Broken Kaleidoscope”), Beau Jennings' great former band Cheyenne (“That Was the Ghost”) and Vandevander (“1000”). In addition, the cast contributes some excellent power-pop songs in the guise of the fictional King Arthur & the Legends, especially “Angeline.” As a film, “The Rock ‘n' Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher” taps into the magical thinking of aspiring musicians, and the music that fuels it displays the actual magic being created by Oklahoma talent.
— George Lang