Video Premiere: A Different Kind of Blue by Danny Mulhern

Due for release in September, Singing Through Others is the fifth album and first independent release from Danny Mulhern. The composer, producer, & multi-instrumentalist whose scores include the feature film What They Had (2018) and BBC series Silent Witness continues his collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra pivoting from the oneiric style of 2020’s Flow States which explored the relationships between improvising musicians in a creative setting to something brighter and more outward looking which focuses on personal relationships in a broader sense.

The album takes its title from the words of poet and philosopher Nora Bateson who appears on the title track speaking her words to the subtle cadence of the underlying music (or is it the other way around?) and some of its inspiration from the work of philosopher Iain McGilchrist, whose work Mulhern has followed closely and references in the titles of ‘We Are Not Machines’, ‘Everything Flows’ and ‘The Fertile Night’. Fueled by these ideas and blending band instruments and electronics with skilled orchestral players, Mulhern has formulated a curative dose of vibrant musical energy and much needed optimism to offer to anyone who might listen.

I sense that our culture is pretty beset with cynicism. On Singing Through Others I wanted to carry a torch for earnestness, and explore a melodic and tonal side of neoclassical music.

Directed, animated and conceived by Antony Barkworth-Knight

Ahead of its release tomorrow, you can enjoy a preview of the new single “A Different Kind of Blue” set to video by filmmaker Antony Barkworth-Knight in a mesmerizing spectacle of light and color. Musically, the song takes us on a gently euphoric polyrhythmic journey that really allows Mulhern’s collaborators to shine, an orchestra that includes musicians such as Oliver Coates (cello), Rob Ames (viola), Galya Bisengalieva (violin), Rakhvinder Singh (violin), and, especially here, Kate Hainsworth and Richard Bayliss on horns.

The 7/8 time signature of A Different Kind Of Blue seems to straddle convention and weirdness in a pleasing way. It has a more zoomed-out palate of sounds than my previous records. Using electronics, jazz and band instruments alongside the orchestral players. It’s a chilled and playful polyrhythmic piece, and one of my favourites on the album.

Singing Through Others will be released September 16, 2022 via Enate Music/Kontor Media and features artwork by Adam Hinks. The album was recorded at the Church Studios, Crouch End and Angels Studios, Islington between 2019 and 2022 and was mastered by Martyn Heyne at Lichte Studio in Berlin.

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