British crooner Essie Jain and Lower East Side composer Nico Muhly recently collaborated on a new project, combining the ethereal voice of Ms. Jain with the classical contemporary arrangements of Mr. Muhly in a soon-to-be-released "film record."
What is a "film record," you ask?
It's a documentary of sorts, capturing the rehearsals, performances and recording sessions associated with Jain's upcoming release, "All Became Golden." Directed by Natalie Johns, the work is a visual and lyrical exploration of Jain's re-entrance into the music world after disappearing for the past two years.
"I guess I heard 'no' too many times. If I did put my hands to the keys it just seemed this impossible, overwhelming task," she explains in a trailer for the "All Became Golden" film. "I knew if I played music again it would have to be something spectacular."
Working with Muhly certainly qualifies as something spectacular. The grown-up prodigy has previously joined forces with Philip Glass, Bjork and Antony and the Johnsons, entrancing critics like the New York Times Zoe Wolff, who remarked that Muhly himself "comes off less as a human being than as an operatic event." His energetic take on classical music seems just the kick Jain, known for her soothing folk tunes, needed.
"All Became Golden" will be available for free on Vimeo on Friday, June 28. In the meantime, you can hear a preview of haunting vocals and piano riffs in the trailer above.
Check out the album's first single, "Raise You," here, and let us know your thoughts on the song and film record in the comments.