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This DVD, filmed on Oxbow's European tour of 2009 and which coincided with their 20th anniversary follows the seminal band as they tour alone for the first time in many years.
The three complimentary parts give a rare 360° glimpse of the front and backstage realities of touring with an uncompromising independent band.
Mariexxme's lush documentary "The Luxury of Empire", filmed on the French leg of the tour offers an intimate portrait of a band in full artistic maturity. It sees them undergoing the daily trials of touring with grace and provides sometimes touching and humorous insights into an otherwise mysterious band. The film's dark, cinematic aesthetic was inspired by the atmosphere of Oxbow's recent work. It echoes its title and is interlaced with live performances and candid interviews in which the band peel away the layers of their processes and which bring the viewer as close as it's possible to get to a band without being in it.
By contrast ,The band's long time sound engineer, Manuel Liebeskind's film "Still Before" is a road diary filmed entirely on an iPhone and covers the entire tour. It widens the cast introducing many more of the behind-the-scenes players involved in making such a tour happen. Much more raw in its style and making use of still photos as links between scenes, its loose, convivial style juxtaposes perfectly with the first film.
The final piece is the live performance in Paris, filmed in its entirety. Impressive in its execution, it serves as a document of the culmination of all the work and energy expended in the two accompanying films.
A delight to watch for anyone, whether familiar with the subject or not, but for a fan of Oxbow, an invaluable addition to the collection.