Robert W. Chambers, The Yellow Sign LP - Read by Anthony D. P. Mann, Score by Maurizio Guarini
* Original score by Maurizio Guarini of GOBLIN
* Pressed on 160 gram colored vinyl
* Housed in a triple gategold sleeve
* Includes liner notes by weird fiction scholar S. T. Joshi and composer Maurizio Guarini
* Insert included
* Newly commissioned art by Karmazid
The spoken/horror arts curators at Cadabra Records announce the release of ROBERT W. CHAMBERS’ The Yellow Sign, the cult classic which inspired the acclaimed HBO series, True Detective. The story has here been professionally recited by popular filmmaker and actor, Anthony D. P. Mann, the LP featuring extensive notes by weird fiction scholar S. T. Joshi, and a brilliant and haunting score by composer Maurizio Guarini, of Italian prog/horror ions, Goblin.
Maurizio Guarini’s score for The Yellow Sign is a slow burn, comforting the listener early on with a false sense of security before dropping you into the deep, pulsating synth sounds during the horrifying finale. Guarini—known for his work with Goblin and much more—masterfully uses his talent to accentuate Anthony D.P. Mann’s lively narration, adding subtle movement during story transitions then strategically catching the listener’s ear with strange and creepy melodic segments at specific points. The musical complexity and animated narration make this a record ripe for multiple spins, asking the listener each time: “Have you seen The Yellow Sign?”
Robert W. Chambers (1865–1933) is the very embodiment of the cult writer. Although in his day he was an immensely popular author of historical and romance novels, he is today remembered for a handful of books he wrote early in his career—books that powerfully fuse mystery, supernatural horror, and psychological aberration into a uniquely unnerving amalgam. The pinnacle of his achievement in this realm is The King in Yellow (1895), a title that has covertly inspired generations of horror writers, beginning with H. P. Lovecraft. When Nic Pizzolatto, creator of the television show True Detective, revealed that he was inspired by Chambers, Lovecraft, and other weird writers, Chambers was the beneficiary of a mini-boom—just about the last thing its author would have expected for work that he appeared to repudiate after he had capitulated to the sirens’ song of bestsellerdom.
Best known as keyboard player of the prog band Goblin, Maurizio Guarini is a composer, arranger and multi- instrumentalist. Born in Rome, Italy in 1955, his music exploration went through prog, jazz-rock, fusion, and since joining Goblin in 1975, he has worked on hundreds of film scores and studio/live productions, including soundtracks for cult classics like Suspiria, the European release of Dawn Of The Dead, and much more. Guarini relocated to Canada in 1999, and has been recently touring worldwide with Goblin. He released his first solo album in 2013, and is currently working on a new solo project.
Anthony D.P. Mann is a Canadian-based filmmaker and actor with five feature films and a lifetime of stage and radio to his credit. In roles ranging from Count Dracula and The Phantom Of The Opera, to Ebenezer Scrooge, his love of the classics is evident in his work. He is delighted to be lending his voice to a series of releases with Cadabra Records.