Searching For Bill is the debut film by Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen. The film delves into the meaning of life for those living on the edge of modern American society by taking a documental trip through America where reality and fiction sway in a sensual pas de deux down mythological highways. It is a tantalizing and impressionistic depiction of America and Americans as seen with a northern European sensibility. From the overgrown and tattered streets of Detroit through to the off-the-grid desert settlement of Slab City in the Colorado Desert, the film's journey through the underbelly of America allows a fascinating glimpse into the lives of America's have-nots. It's a subtle and sensitive film, as much about hope and beauty as it is about decay.
With his experience in ambient music (as Manual, Billow observatory) as well as being a seasoned producer of psychedelic rock and folk-rock (Causa Sui, Sun River and others) Danish producer Jonas Munk was an obvious choice for the composing the soundtrack, and he sets the perfect backdrop for this journey through America by blending analog synthesizer drones with twangy guitars and his signature atmosphere. These 13 tracks can best be described as "Ambient Americana". Heavily inspired by the American rural ambient music from the last two decades (think Labradford, Windy & Carl, Landing and Auburn Lull) as well as motoric krautrock and more traditional folk-rock sounds, this album feels like a journey through cities and shifting landscapes. It channels the beauty and wonder of America as seen through the eyes of a Dane but like the film itself it has strong undercurrents of darkness.
These experimental electronic songs, half of which stretch past the 10-minute mark, evolve slowly and with purpose, building incrementally to climaxes as intuitive as they are thrilling. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 13, 2020