25th March 2019
‘Ikiryo’, the new concept album from established film and television composer Andrew Simon McAllister is released today on Besant Hall Records. The album was mixed and mastered by Nick Taylor in Studio 1.
“‘Ikiryo’ is a reworking of pieces from many years ago originally performed on guitar and violin. I have enjoyed developing, re-orchestrating and adding additional instrumentation to create the final versions on the album. The interaction of violin lines is a prominent aspect and compositional tool throughout the music that were particularly pleasing to create.” – Andrew Simon McAllister
Influenced by artists such as the iconic scoring duo Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and composing legend Ennio Morricone, Andrew weaves gypsy-edged, soulful and stylish melodies performed on closely mic’d violin and guitar through the soft ostinato of the piano, bass, and percussion, creating a mellow and wistful journey for the listener. The album title is drawn from the Japanese popular belief of a spirit that leaves the body of a living person to visit other people or places, sometimes across great distances.