• emily hall Folie à Deux (CD, £11.50)

    label: Bedroom Community

    ‘Folie à Deux’ marks the Bedroom Community debut of award winning British composer Emily Hall. Much of Hall’s music is formed from close creative relationships with singers and writers and finding her own ways of using technology and live performance. Here she has teamed up with hailed Icelandic lyricist, writer and long- time Björk collaborator Sjón, to create the piece. ‘Folie à Deux’ features beats from Mira Calix, was mixed by Valgeir Sigur?sson who co- produced the album with Hall herself. Hall’s finely crafted songs tell a modern folk-tale. ‘Folie à Deux’ is a lyrical and intense investigation into love and loneliness within a relationship. Insanity, electricity and love collide in a sonic voyage into the shared psychosis known as ‘folie à deux’, where a delusion is transmitted from one person to another. The piece is composed for two singers, an acoustic harp and an electro-magnetic harp. This electro-magnetic harp, commissioned and built especially for this piece, uses vibrating magnets to evoke an underlying electronic presence representing the pylon – the third character that presides over this story. Against a backdrop of responsive light and sound, the result is a hauntingly beautiful soundscape which takes its influences from many musical idioms ranging classical, jazz and folk. About the composer: Emily Hall studied composition at York University and the Royal College of Music, London. She has written for many different ensembles and orchestras including the London Sinfonietta, LSO, BBC NOW, the Brodsky Quartet, Opera North, LCO, Hungarian Radio Choir. Her music has been performed in diverse venues from Latitude Festival to the Cite de la Musique and broadcast on BBC Radio 2,3,4 and 6. Her first opera, “Sante”, produced by Aldeburgh Music, was described by The Times as “a dynamic new opera worth everyone’s time and hopes”. Tracklisting: 1 ode to the pylon 2 loneliness 3 instrumental 4 wonderful things 5 mantra 6 scream 7 embrace 8 ode to nature 9 prelude

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