An alternative Christmas soundtrack from Laura Cannell & André Bosman – Out now on Brawl Records CD & Digital Download (Ltd edition of 175 CDs available from Brawl). You can also order, stream & download from all good record shops.
NEW CHRISTMAS RITUALS is a set of 9 tracks from UK based musicians Laura Cannell and André Bosman. The album features Cannell’s signature Overbow violin and Bosman’s amplified fiddle with rebec bow and bass guitar.
“As we retreat into our winter burrows, we hear the echoes of distant carols sung behind thick flint walls, fog coated familiar tunes weave through branches across the churchyard.
In the darkest days the voices of the past visit, in the lightest they encourage us to make new rituals. The traditions of wintertide and solstice intertwine, as we take the songs without oppression, the melodies without restriction and create New Christmas Rituals.“
Laura has co-composed with Chris Hollis, the score to the NEW Amazon Audible Original The Woman in Black – Audio Book. They created an original 3D score together and the story is performed by the incredible Paapa Essiedu.
“It’s hard not to associate haunting with grief, terror, or darkness but this body of work is about a yearning for a quiet cool space, away from people, heat, intrusive thoughts and constant overload of information, a space to allow the memories to flood in. Some of these memories will be haunting, some will lead us to raw places and some will simply be a moment to breathe and remember how we arrived here.
The five tracks are improvised performances – an experiment in what happens when you enter a space alone, break the silence with music for a brief time and then walk away, nobody knowing you were there. Cannell explores the original loudspeakers that are embedded in the English landscape in the form of medieval churches – always searching for feelings and emotions within the stone walls of these lonely towered buildings.
This time she also introduces field recordings of bells being loosened and the tawny owls who also sat listening. WE LONG TO BE HAUNTED follows Cannell’s critically acclaimed seventh solo album ‘Antiphony of the Trees’, which came out earlier this year.”