UK composer Matt Emery shares the eerie and atmospheric video for ‘L For Luna’ – the second track lifted from his forthcoming album ‘Empire’.
Though learned and erudite, Empire is experienced less in musicality but in mood. There is melancholia, jubilation, tension, beauty, dark ambience all deftly navigated within its various movements. Though it is delivered with the sombre grace of heavyweights such as Ryuichi Sakamoto or Ludovico Einaudi, and possesses a singularity akin to Lubomyr Melnyk or Bing and Ruth, its devastating depth of sentiment is all its own.
From the swooping strings of the album’s title track to the fluttering piano of ‘Effervescent’, to the intensity of ‘Orpheus’, it is evident that Emery has a heavy heart. Beneath the album’s compositional maturity and sophistication lies a very pure and clear picture of emotional expression. It is a record that sings without a single vocal utterance, captured with a credence missing from much of the broad ‘modern-classical’ world. A record that echoes the grandeur and myriad complexities of Greek mythology, its own central theme.
Emery’s profile as a composer has benefitted from several placements across cinema and television, accumulating an incredible 30 million views on YouTube for his GoPro online ads. His music was used for the trailer of Anton Chekhov’s Seagull play, the highly acclaimed new adaptation that was directed by Matthew Dunster and showing at Regents Park Open Air Theatre in June-July 2015. Other placements include trailers for the British Academy’s Literature Week in 2015 and 1883 Magazine’s ‘Life Less Ordinary’ – behind the scenes photo shoot amongst many others. And despite Empire being his debut album, previous self-released singles have received radio play across many of the BBC’s music stations, KEXP and Amazing Radio.
An artist of many talents, Matt has done engineering work for other artists, mastering Kevin Devine’s ‘Live at St Pancras Old Church’ album (Big Scary Monsters), ‘Sofia Songs’ (a Super Fan 99 Records compilation with covers of songs featured in Sofia Coppola films) and Nicholas Stevenson’s ‘Can You Bring a Camera’ single for Record Store Day. He also hosts a podcast for Alcopop! Records, interviewing artists and label heads of companies like FatCat, Erased Tapes and Bella Union.
The album was recorded by James Kenosha (Lone Wolf, RHODES, Chapel Club) at his Lodge Studio in Yorkshire, and features the beautiful string performances of Fraser Bowles and Lins Wilson on cello, and Will Harvey, Kieran O’Malley and Simon Goff on violin and viola. Taylor Deupree of 12k(Goldmund, Hauschka, Loscil) mastered the album.
Injazero Records will release Empire on 180g vinyl and digital formats on September 15th 2017.
Matt will play an album launch show at St Pancras Old Church on Wednesday, October 4th.