Cognitive Shift Recordings
Announcing the launch of new Contemporary Classical label: Cognitive Shift Recordings. Born out of a collaboration between One Little Indian Records, home to artists including Björk, and Manners McDade Music Publishing, home to artists such as Nils Frahm and Christian Löffler, Cognitive Shift Recordings creates a new home for contemporary classical music that has influences and instrumentation within the genre and beyond.New releases from Cognitive Shift
PJ Harvey & Harry Escott
British composer Harry Escott and artist PJ Harvey have collaborated on ‘An Acre of Land’, a new song that is the theme to Dark River, the latest film by Director Clio Barnard. The entire film is also scored by Escott, who says: ‘recording PJ Harvey’s vocal on “An Acre of Land”, a song we arranged together for Dark River, was a spine-tingling experience.’
PJ Harvey is an English composer and artist, the recipient of both the 2001 and 2011 Mercury Prizes, as well as a 2013 MBE for services to music. She has contributed original music to the soundtrack for Mark Cousins’ film, ‘What’s This Film Called Love?’, BBC television series ‘Peaky Blinders’ starring Cillian Murphy.
Harry Escott first came to prominence in 2005 with his score to the influential psychological horror film ‘Hard Candy’, directed by David Slade and perhaps most notably, on Steve McQueen’s seminal debut film ‘Shame’. Escott describes ‘Dark River’ as ‘a film that leaves me wanting to take more care of those around me, which is a good thing for a film to leave you with!’
The film premiered at the 2017 London Film Festival from October 4th to 15th, and will be on general release on February 23rd, 2018.
“it’s rich, immersive, and full of depth… press play and imagine you are breathing in big gulps of fresh, unpolluted air and chasing after sheep” Noisey (VICE) Premiere
“stunning” Crack Magazine
“It’s a total stunner, stark and mesmerizing” Stereogum
“bold and breathless” the Line of Best Fit
“PJ’s delicate vocals do a great job of carrying the emotional weight of the track” Brooklyn Vegan
“expertly setting the mood [of the film]” Exclaim!
“the track truly stuns with its beauty and while not a simple track, with layers of instrumentation supporting Harvey, it’s direct and easily enjoyed” Cool Hunting
“Through Shadows is a quiet, delicate piece, moments of silence demanding as much attention as the restrained melodies and soft peaks. Both performances have a purity and poise, the intricate interplay between the six truly mesmerising. Its subtlety is key; as fragile as a flower, the piece draws its power not from drama or crescendos but a gentle tension that threatens to break but never does.” Drowned in Sound
Cognitive Shift Recordings debut release will be the first album from composer Roger Goula; Overview Effect. The album encapsulates the ethos of the new label, bridging the gap between modern classical and electronic music, creating a cohesive work that is both entirely of the moment and timeless. The record’s stunning classical string instrumentation is performed by the illustrious quartet of Thomas Gould, Peter Gregson, Lucy Railton and Stephen Upshaw.
“I am very, very happy with the way the album has turned out. Overview Effect is a perfect primer for the future sound of Cognitive Shift and sets a high standard for our subsequent releases to match.” Bob McDade, founder of Cognitive Shift Recordings.
When Roger was approached by to create an album, he presented the concept of the ‘Overview Effect’. This is a psychological phenomenon experienced by astronauts when viewing Earth from a distance, allowing them to see the entire planet surrounded by the endless black void of space. This can cause a cognitive shift within the minds of the astronauts, giving them a completely new perspective of life, Earth and humanity. Around this concept, the album and label formed, with the aim of recreating this psychological shift through the power of sound and music.
The album is OUT NOW on all digital outlets and from all good physical retailers.
“Canvasses of immense scope, stark beauty and – at times – thrilling drama” A Closer Listen
“[this] explores a relationship between swells of warm strings and synthesizers—melodic, haunting, and eerie—a musical soundscape that paints a vivid picture of the void of space.” VICE
“The New Classical: how the next generation of composers or labels is challenging classical music’s status quo” The Independent
“Part of a wave of modern classical composers – think Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds – exploring fresh territory, Roger Goula has an approach all his own. Lush strings are set against corrosive, distorted noise, with the track pirouetting towards weightlessness.” Clash
“A beautifully wretched affair, enveloping the listener in shrouds of bone-chilling strings, swathes of monochrome ambience and a sprinkling of electronic debris” The Most Radicalist
“Mind blowing” Mary Anne Hobbs for BBC 6Music
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