VIDEO PREMIERE: W for Waves by Matt Emery

Having worked with companies like Hugo Boss, GoPro, Red Bull, BT Sport, and BBC’s Top Gear, Matt Emery’s music has been heard by millions through cinema and TV. In April of last year, the London and Surrey based composer launched a new series of recordings each of which will focus on a single instrument. Spotlight Series: Harp is the second is the second iteration of the project composed by Emery and performed by Royal Philharmonic Trailblazer Award Winner Olivia Jageurs who has also recently played on records by Voces8, Jess Gillham, and Steven Isserlis as well as performing for the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras and Max Richter as part of the 12 Ensemble.

The five tracks on the EP all take their titles from water-based themes and present a stark contrast in tone from the glowering ferocity of Spotlight Series: Cello (Injazero Records, 2021). This music dazzles in a different way as Jageurs’ fingers glide & weave across her instrument with astonishing dexterity and florid expressiveness. For those of us still riding out the waning weeks of another gray pandemic winter, the exuberance and radiant beauty of these pieces comes as a welcome breath of fresh air.

Here in an exclusive premiere is an ocean-themed video presentation of the lead single “W for Waves” which is made up of overlapping layers of looping harp phrases. As the title suggests, each loop acts like a new wave entering the piece which builds into a euphoric cascade of arpeggios, staccato bass lines, trills and flourishes. The actual ocean waves heard in the outro were recorded in Brighton after Emery’s first post lockdown venture out of London in the Summer of 2020.

Links: Bandcamp | Matt Emery | Olivia Jageurs

Spotlight Series: Harp will be released digitally on March 11, 2022 via Matreya Records. The album was mixed and mastered by James Kenosha and the artwork was created by Deiniol Owen at Fulmar illustration. The closing track (“Mizu”) also features a guest performance by award-winning flutist Gareth Mclearnon.

photo by Simon Weller