Composer Logan Nelson has as worked on films like Green Book, Dear White People, and other Netflix shows, scored over 40 short films, two web series’, and a video game, written on commercials for companies like Google, Nexus, IBM, & Prudential and just finished up collaborating on a documentary epic about Mt. Everest produced by National Geographic and Sony including a live orchestra recorded in Budapest. That might sound like the CV of a veteran composer, but Nelson was still still a senior at the USC Thornton School of Music when he was named the Best Young International Composer at last year’s World Soundtrack Awards.
Come January of next year, Nelson will be releasing a solo EP entitled Lavender Echoes which branches off from his extensive film work to explore his interest in “blurring the lines between live instrumentalists and electronic atmospheres” in a more abstract way. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with the members of the Calder Quartet who formed its “backbone” as well as electroacoustic harpist Lara Somogyi and Nashville-based violinist Shawn Williams all of whom gave Nelson a rich tapestry of sound to work with for his endeavor.
“It’s a process that quite literally defines ‘Lavender Echoes’… I think this process is analogous to what technology can do to beauty; taking neither a positive nor negative perspective, but a perspective of manipulation. I hope that the EP represents an honest portrayal of my relationship with music, musicians, and space; and perhaps gives a perspective on the modern definition of beauty through the lens of technology.” – Logan Nelson
To Nelson’s credit, his sonic embellishments feel intrinsically organic always allowing the voice and resonance of the live instruments to shine through even as he adds new colors and patterns through his studio manipulations. As beautiful as Lavender Echoes is, there is also a joyful exuberance to music that makes it an especially refreshing album to listen to. Here in an exclusive premiere is a preview of the second track on the record entitled “Glaciers”.
“Glaciers began as an abstract texture, created with icy violin sounds that I recorded with Shawn Williams. I do a lot of other projects and documentaries that relate to climate change, which is a cause that’s really important to me. I think with Glaciers, I tried to use texture to represent the inevitable decline of beauty on our planet, if we continue along this path.” – Logan Nelson
Links: Logan Nelson website
“Glaciers” will be released December 3, 2019 and ‘Lavender Echoes’ will be available in full beginning January 31, 2020.