Andy Burrows & Ilan Eshkeri - Light the Night (Track Review)

When you’re approached to write the soundtrack for The Snowman and the Snowdog; the sequel to the beloved and iconic 1982 animation ‘The Snowman’, you’re going to have a lot to live up to.

Based on the 1978 book by Raymond Briggs, The Snowman animated feature has been delighting audiences every Christmas for 31 years now – the children who grew up with it are enjoying it again with their own children. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without it. Last year, the snowman was joined by a new canine companion, and Andy Burrows (Razorlight, We Are Scientists) was asked to co-write the soundtrack along with film composer Ilan Eshkeri (Stardust, Kick-Ass).

When you think of The Snowman , you think of the flying scene, and you think of Walking in the Air. So the official single for the sequel had to be nothing short of perfect.

Light the Night is a stunningly beautiful track: emotive, dynamic, magical and triumphant. It’s everything the movie needed, and has all the potential to become a classic for a new generation of children. Its thickly layered sound is perfectly cinematic; rising and falling like the magical flight to the North Pole. The movie also features an orchestral version of Burrows’ track Hometown from his 2012 critically acclaimed solo album, ‘Company’.

Earlier this month, the soundtrack was performed live by Andy Burrows, Ilan Eshkeri and a full orchestra, alongside a showing of ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’, at London’s stunning Union Chapel. Special guests on the night included Tom Smith of Editors, as well as James Corden, Melanie C and Tim Wheeler among others.

Re-released this Christmas with its own video, ‘Light the Night’ still captures the child-like excitement of Christmas. The video sees a young boy and girl brought together by the boy’s Christmas wish – to be able to fly. It’s sentimental and dream-like, and sure to capture the heart of even the most humbug of adults.