Marking the fifth anniversary of his Mum’s passing, film and TV composer known for composing ‘Harlots’ ‘The Salisbury Poisonings’ and ‘My Cousin Rachel’ released his new album Mother Echo 17th November. With his Mother’s death inspiring the ten new tracks presented on piano and string quartet. This follow up to his hugely successful debut Mandrake has given Rael Jones the freedom to explore textures of sound and melody that counteracts the approach desired by film and television.
Being championed as one of the most inventive and skilled British composers currently working, this composer and multi-instrumentalist has been nominated for three primetime Emmys, a World Soundtrack Award and won a Golden Reel.
Recorded with his heavily pregnant wife on violin, Mother Echo is his most personal work yet, seeing him reflect on death, childhood, and the relationship with his mother. Rael explains:
“This is a deeply personal album for me. I’m attempting to translate emotions and life events into musical structures. My mum was in a car crash when I was six. She spent a lot of time after that in bed with whiplash and presumably depression. I was terrified she wouldn’t be there anymore. For instance, she asked me, “would you rather have a mummy in bed like this or not have a mummy at all?”
The artwork is based on a recurrent nightmare I had around this time – I’m alone in my house being dragged inexplicably towards a strange figure – death in human form. It touches my shoulder, our feet lift off the ground, and we fly through the lounge, past my gathered relatives and out of the bay window….at which point I wake up. The cover shows what lies past that window. It’s not so scary after all”
With remarkable melodic flare and tasteful compositions, you can stream the album below.
Words by Jasmine Hodge
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