British singer/songwriter Essie Jain is set to release an audio visual album June 28th via AWAL and Vimeo On Demand. Titled All Became Golden, the project is the creative vision of Jain and filmmaker Natalie Johns (Dig For Fire, La Blogoteque), featuring original compositions and arrangements from Nico Muhly (Two Boys, Bjork, Antony & The Johnsons). The film documents the group as they convene to simultaneously rehearse, perform and record the album, allowing a rare glimpse of the joy, risk, generosity and blind faith inherent in acts of creative collaboration.
TRAILER FOR ALL BECAME GOLDEN(VIDEO)
While the film will be available for free streaming come June 28th, The Huffington Post has premiered the film’s trailer today to whet one’s appetite, while lifestyle magazine BlackBook will unveil two more songs from the project tomorrow.
The film/LP was recorded over two days at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City in February 2012. Performed by members of the New York classical scene including: Nadia Sirota, Caleb Burhans and Rob Moose, along with a guest appearance on guitar from Larry Campbell of The Levon Helm band.
Led by the single “Raise You”, All Became Golden is Essie’s fourth album following previous releases We Made This Ourselves, The Inbetween, and Jain’s childrens album Until The Light Of Morning. All Became Golden features 9 tracks penned by Jain and arranged by Muhly with the exception of their cover of Dire Straits’ “Why Worry”.
Of the project director Johns’ said, “No one has ever made a record like this and in this way, it was a collaboration between Essie, Nico and myself and the result is innovative, modern and honest.” Muhly on the other hand found the filming aspect of the project most fascinating, sharing, “I really liked the idea of doing it live in front of cameras, because you can see there’s no trick to making music like this happen”.
Recording credits are given to Grammy winning Justin Guip of Levon Helms Studio, while the album was mixed by the Grammy nominated Bob Clearmountain, (Springsteen, the Rolling Stones) and mastered by Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson/Carole King).
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“‘Exquisite … Impressive & Affecting.” – UNCUT
“Captivating..Warm and Haunting” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Wonderfully performed and truly soothing..” – BBC MUSIC
“…A remarkably wistful album, the kind that can be trying or cathartic, depending on when and how you listen, but Jain’s voice is mostly stunning” – PITCHFORK
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