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Erland Cooper

Folded Landscapes

    Groundbreaking Scottish composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper shares his ambitious fourth studio album Folded Landscapes. Known for merging modern classical-electronic music with evocative storytelling and conceptual art, Erland shares his urgent observation on climate change, temperature and time. This poignant chamber string work figuratively and literally thaws over seven movements, unfolding with electronics, poetry, soprano, piano, harpsichord, field recordings and samples. The work features Scottish Ensemble, UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and other voices including activist Greta Thunberg, multi-award winning conservationist Dara McNaulty and & visual artist Norman Ackroyd. Field recordings of the natural world include the California wildfires and crashing glaciers.

    The creative process mimicked the rising temperature of the piece from glacial to a threatening burn - musicians were recorded in subzero temperatures and the audio master tape was sun-burnt on the hottest day in UK history. The heat, moisture, salt and sunlight worked its way into the fabric of the tape, which has been mixed into the finished work, underscoring the work with an unsettling burn that crackles and pops.

    A percentage of the copyright share will go to Brian Eno’s EarthPercent charity as a beautiful way of embedding the planet as a stakeholder in musical creativity and raising money for climate/environmental organisations. The Earth’s share of the song - and its income - will be directed to EarthPercent to redistribute to organisations tackling the climate crisis. Folded Landscapes is released on Mercury KX.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: The wonderful Erland Cooper presents his newest suite of soaring instrumentals and warming storytelling, this time focusing on the environmental crisis and including prominent climate change voices and pertinent field recordings. It's huge and beautiful, and exactly what we'd expect from Cooper.

    TRACK LISTING

    Movement 1 [6:42]
    Movement 2 [5:03]
    Movement 3 [3:53]
    Movement 4 [7:09]
    Movement 5 [6:51]
    Movement 6 [3:57]
    Movement 7 [9:01]

    Anna Meredith X Ligeti Quartet

    Nuc

      Mercury Prize-nominated cross-genre composer/producer Anna Meredith releases her new project in collaboration with contemporary string quartet Ligeti Quartet. Nuc started life as a conversation between Anna Meredith and Richard Jones (Ligeti Quartet viola) after a decade of collaboration, honouring a shared attitude towards creating music which pushes boundaries whilst also speaking very directly to the listener. In addition to string and electronic recordings of Anna's music from throughout her career, performed by Ligeti Quartet, Richard also developed new arrangements of existing compositions by Anna, and Nuc came to embody a celebration of forward-thinking pop composition rooted in classical instrumentation. The result is a joyful, occasionally furious, never too serious, sometimes energetic and sometimes restful collection of tracks which dazzle with Anna’s signature compulsive harmonies, rhythmic shifts of gear and sparkling textures.

      TRACK LISTING

      Tuggemo
      A Short Tribute To Teenage Fanclub
      Honeyed Words
      Solstice In
      Solstice Out
      Chorale
      Shill
      Haze
      Blackfriars
      Nautilus

      Ólafur Arnalds

      Some Kind Of Peace (Piano Reworks)

        Creative reimaginings for piano of Ólafur Arnald’s some kind of peace album (2020).

        The Icelandic modern classical composer, performer and producer brings together a diverse group of friends, collaborators and musical kindred spirits from across the globe and musical spectrum to experiment and rework his music.

        This Ólafur-curated lineup includes artists from the worlds of modern classical, electronic, jazz and alternative, featuring Yiruma, Dustin O’Halloran, Hania Rani, Alfa Mist, tstewart, JFDR, Lambert, Sophie Hutchings, Eydís Evensen and Magnús Jóhann.

        TRACK LISTING

        Loom - Eydís Evensen
        Woven Song - Hania Rani
        Spiral - Dustin O’halloran
        Still / Sound - Sophie Hutchings
        Back To The Sky - Lambert
        Zero - Alfa Mist
        New Grass – Tstewart
        The Bottom Line (live) - Jfdr
        We Contain Multitudes – Yiruma
        Undone - Magnús Jóhann

        BAFTA winning Icelandic composer,Ólafur Arnalds' highly anticipated new record 're:member' features Ólafur’s ground-breaking new software, Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument. He is currently performing his new material on a huge worldwide tour. The Stratus Pianos are two self-playing, semi-generative player pianos which are triggered by a central piano played by Ólafur, and are the centrepiece of his new works. The custom-built software is born out of two years of work by the composer and audio developer, Halldór Eldjárn. The algorithms generated from Stratus were also used to create the innovative album artwork.

        On the album Ólafur uses these methods reinvigorate the compositional experience, feeding back into the creative process in a completely new way. As Ólafur plays a note on the piano, two different notes are generated by Stratus, creating unexpected harmonies and surprising melodic sequences. Speaking of the album, Ólafur says, “This is my breaking out-of-a-shell album. It’s me taking the raw influences that I have from all these different musical genres and not filtering them. It explores the creative process and how one can manipulate that to get out of the circle of expectations and habit.” 

        Ólafur Arnalds

        Some Kind Of Peace

          Ólafur Arnalds is one of the most influential musicians of modern times: a multi-faceted talent, who has paved the way across the electronic and classical worlds. His latest album, ‘some kind of peace’, nonetheless has the feel of a brand new chapter for Ólafur. Within, you'll find a self-confessed perfectionist grappling with the messier realities of everyday life: the possibilities of love, of settling down, and how to navigate all of that during a global pandemic (the album was half-written prior to lockdown, and completed at Arnalds' harbour studio in downtown Reykjavik). What's emerged on 'some kind of peace' is a record about letting your guard down, and ultimately what it means to be alive. 

          More than anything he's ever made, 'some kind of peace' is the story of Ólafur Arnalds' life - and there is quite the life-story to tell. Arnalds started out writing compositions for a German metal band, before supporting Sigur Rós and forging an oeuvre full of innovations. His 2007 debut album documented life’s journey from birth to death, with projects ever since ranging from 2016’s ‘Island Songs’ (seven songs made in seven different Icelandic towns, in seven days) to forming one-half of the experimental techno duo, Kiasmos. Having collaborated extensively with German pianist/composer Nils Frahm, Ólafur’s last album - ‘re:member’ – proved a technological triumph (it featured his ground-breaking, self-playing and semi-generative Stratus Pianos). A 140+ date world tour followed, which saw Arnalds sell-out venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall and his own suitably genre-bending music festival OPIA at Southbank Centre. Few contemporary acts, after all, would be as at home covering Iggy Pop’s show on 6Music as they are composing dance scores for Wayne MacGregor at Sadler’s Wells, winning an BAFTA for his work on ‘Broadchurch’, or landing an Emmy nomination earlier this month for his title theme to ‘Defending Jacob’.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Arnalds presents yet another album further exploring his unique mix of electronic and modern-classical, less incidental and randomised than 'Re:member', but equally beautiful.

          TRACK LISTING

          1 ‘ Loom’ Feat. Bonobo
          2 ‘Woven Song’
          3 ‘Spiral’
          4 ‘Still / Sound’
          5 ‘Back To The Sky’ Feat. JFDR
          6 ‘Zero’
          7 ‘New Grass’
          8 ‘The Bottom Line’ Feat. Josin
          9 ‘We Contain Multitudes’
          10 ‘Undone’

          Various Artists

          Flow (RSD20 EDITION)

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            To celebrate Mercury KX's third birthday, the label curates a cutting-edge compilation featuring an exclusive Nils Frahm/”lafur Arnalds rework, carefully curated pieces from the Mercury KX catalogue, as well as new tracks/versions by Isobel Waller-Bridge, Josin & Federico Albanese.LP: Side A For Now I Am Winter [Nils Frahm Rework] - ”lafur Arnalds Petrichor ñ Keaton Henson In The Blank Space (New York Recordings) ñ Josin The Lantern ñ Federico Albanese Light Ascending [ft.Shards] ñ Luke Howard A Small Kind of Revival ñ Sophie Hutchings Side B Le lac - Jean-Michel Blais Porcelain ñ Lambert Particles (ft.Nanna BryndÌs) - ”lafur Arnalds Nirai Kanai - Guy Sigsworth …xta ñ Sebastian Plano No Ritual ñ Anatole September ñ Isobel Waller-Bridge


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