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Jóhann Jóhannsson

The Miners' Hymns

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Since early last winter we knew that Jóhann Jóhannssons new album would be released by 130701, the “classic-contemporary” division of FatCat. Five months after announcing his signing, the Brighton label has revealed the details of the album, “The Miners’ Hymns”, containing the music made by Jóhannsson for the film of the same name. The film, directed by Bill Morrison, tells the story of a depressed mining community in the North of England. To give the images even more dramatic power, the Icelandic composer created a score that oscillates between sombre, minimalist pianos and emotive strings. “The Miners’ Hymns” is the first of Jóhannsson’s records on which brass instruments play a starring role. The score was recorded live, with Jóhannsson himself in front of an ensemble directed by Gudni Franzson, one of the regular collaborators and leader of Caput, the most reputed ensemble in Iceland when it comes to contemporary music. The album will be in stores on 23rd May, but you can already listen to it on the FatCat website.

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