Known predominantly for his extensive work in film (“Three Identical Strangers”, “100 Streets”, and “Starfish” among others) and writing arrangements for such artists as Coldplay, Badly Drawn Boy, and Kasabian, British composer and mult-instrumentalist Paul Saunderson will soon be releasing his own debut album which blends electronics and field recordings with classical instrumentation. Passage, which will be available July 5 from the 1631 Recordings imprint is a 14-track opus strung together in a continuous flow which parallels Saunderson’s own personal journey over the past several years in which he disperses intimate piano works dispersed amidst euphoric orchestral pieces of cinematic scope.
“I have always been interested in combining electronics with classical music, something that has become a large part of the writing in my film work. Music and nature have always held a strong bond, so I also wanted to retain an organic element, often creating sounds from field recordings, taking something literally from nature and turning it into music.” – Paul Saunderson
Assisting Saunderson in creating these more emotive and expansive pieces is the immensely talented string trio of Galya Bisengalieva, Robert Ames, and Oliver Coates (all members of London Contemporary Orchestra) as well as Chris Ketley on electric guitar. For an immersive preview of what is in store, you can enjoy this exclusive premiere of the video for “Now I Am Found”. On the album the tenderly reflective piece caps an especially moving sequence preceded by the lovely solo piano piece “May” (an homage to Saunderson’s grandmother, who passed away before the album’s completion), the grand sweep of “Through Time”, and the sumptuous atmospheres of “Equinox”.
“Now I am Found” with a b-side of “Equinox” is now available as a single release from 1631 Recordings and the full album will become available on July 5.