The series of posts ‘A Singular Soundtrack’ features music videos of songs that the Decimononic’s team finds inspirational. We are most pleased to share with you songs that match the aesthetic sensibility of Decimononic and give shape to its universe.
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1.- Who is Lisa Gerrard?
Born 12 April 1961, Lisa Gerrard is an Australian musician, singer and composer who rose to prominence as part of the music group Dead Can Dance with music partner Brendan Perry. In addition to singing, she is an instrumentalist for much of her work, most prolifically using the yangqin (a Chinese hammered dulcimer).
Dead Can Dance released over nine albums from 1984 to 1995. The band split in 1998, but reunited in 2005 for a world tour. In 2012, the band announced a new world tour to coincide with the release of Anastasis, their new album (Irene and I were lucky enough to attend their concert in Madrid).
Lisa Gerrard has released four solo albums: The Mirror Pool (1995), The Silver Tree (2006), The Black Opal (2009) and Twilight Kingdom (2014).
Films Among the many films and documentaries she has scored or contributed to are Gladiator, Insider, Whale Rider, Black Hawk Down, Heat, Ali, King Arthur, Tears Of The Sun, The Mist, Salem’s Lot, A Thousand Roads, Ashes & Snow, Layer Cake, El Nino de la Luna, Balibo, Henry Poole Is Here, Solo, Playing For Charlie & Ichi.
Lisa has recieved Golden Globe nominations for Insider and Ali and Oscar Nominations for Gladiator and 4 International awards for Whale Rider.
2.- About the song ‘Seven Seas’
‘Seven Seas’ is the sixth track of the album ‘Twilight Kingdom’, released this year on Gerrard Records. The array of collaborators for this album includes Patrick Cassidy, Daniel Johns, Astrid Williamson and has also incorporated words by fellow Australian Russell Crowe.
Like the remaining nine tracks of this album, ‘Seven Seas’ is a melodic song without any percussive elements. We have chosen it due to its overwhelming beauty (and inspirational video).
Last month we chose a song of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, the band of Sam Rosenthal, founder of Projekt Records. This month we bring you a song of Mirabilis, another of the groups linked to this label.
The word ‘mirabilis’ is Latin for wonderful, miraculous, or unusual. No wonder why this is the chosen name for the neo-classical/ethereal project of Dru Allen (This Ascension, Mercury’s Antennae) and Summer Bowman (the Machine in the Garden), as they have spent thirteen years creating beautiful, vocal-centered original compositions alongside reinterpreted pieces ranging from medieval to pop music.
Yesterday I received a new delivery of The ProjektList and I could not help but think immediatly about this blog post, as the mentioned newsletter delivered news about a band that suits perfectly our Singular Soundtrack. But first comes first, let’s begin with a brief introduction to Projekt Records.
Founded in 1994 by school friends James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy, Unkle (often stylised as U.N.K.L.E. or UNKLE, occasionally known as UNKLE Sounds) is a British musical endeavour. Unkle members were among the trip hop pioneers and they have collaborated with a wide variety of guest artists and producers.
‘Where Did The Night Fall’, released on 10th May 2010, was the fourth album of Unkle. It included an all-star cast of performers, such as Katrina Ford, Mark Lanegan, Nick Cave, Sleepy Sun and The Black Angels. ‘Another Night Out’ is one of the tracks of this album and it features the American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter Mark W. Lanegan, well-known by his distinctive baritone voice.
Performing as Jo Quail, she is a cellist and composer of instrumental music that has played live in countries like the UK, Europe, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Japan (Jo previously wrote and performed in the ambient post-rock group SonVer, releasing two albums and three EPs on Line Out and Disconnected Music). In her live solo performance, Jo plays an electric cello and uses looping to combine atonality with rich orchestration and deft percussive sounds to produce ‘majestic soundscapes’ (Irene and I can vouch for this, we had the pleasure to attend to a superb solo concert of Jo Quail just a couple of years ago).
Jo also writes specially commissioned pieces for music, film and theatre companies. Jo’s previous commissions include Orphic Film (Fade – 2008), Teatro Vivo (The Three Sisters – 2009), and Caesar Productions (String Casear – 2010) Paul Schoolman’s latest film starring Derek Jacobi and Alice Krige.
‘From The Sea’ was her debut solo album, a journey from meditative ambience to dark brooding urgency. Her second solo album, entitled ‘Caldera’, was released yesterday (and presented live on 28th June in The Islington, London) and it aims high: the Cauldron is her metaphorical receptacle for all she sees, hears, feels, imagines, experiences, dreams and forgets.
We have chosen the video of ‘Adder Stone’, extracted from ‘Caldera’, as a representative sample of Jo’s style. Directed by Richard Wakefield of FX Media, it was filmed on location in April 2014 at St Leonard’s Church (London) and Pett Level (East Sussex). We invite you to relax, turn up the volume to a comfortable level (and do not touch it until the song ends) and play the video full-screen.
Bonus.- Do not miss ‘From the Sea to the Desert’, a live DVD recorded in St. Leonard Church (London) in October 2011. It features a full ensemble performance of ‘From The Sea’ plus The Pilbara film by Michael Fletcher: eleven musicians and artists from disciplines including rock and post rock, experimental and classical music joined Jo to perform her album From The Sea in its entirety (with such illustrious participants as Tallulah Rendall, Roger O’Donnell from The Cure or Matt Howden from Sieben).
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