The Almond & The Seahorse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Rough Trade Records
Good grief Gruff’s spiffy riffs have got us going! Here’s a jubilant, whimsical double album of pure songwriting class, written for the film of the same name.
Recorded between 2021-2022 with a host of featured musicians including members of the National Orchestra of Wales, the music features throughout the forthcoming film of the same name, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rebel Wilson and Celyn Jones.
The 22-track album comprises original songs and instrumental score, all composed by Gruff Rhys. Tonally, the soundtrack compliments the movie perfectly: the drama of the subject matter and the human relationships is counterbalanced by the film’s wry humour and lightness of touch, and the varied compositions and styles on Gruff Rhys’ score and compositions reflects that.
“The soundtrack for The Almond & The Seahorse was recorded largely in pandemic conditions so it was a matter of recording in bursts of possible activity in various friends’ studios, homes and even scout halls as chance permitted. It’s a varied quilt work as a result. “Gruff notes.
“As sonic flagpoles I wanted to signify the film’s location in Liverpool and the Wirral by liberally, but hopefully not too obviously, using the Mellotron synthesizer (as famously used in Strawberry Fields by the Beatles & therefore in my mind it represents that great city sonically) and the Cello as a nod to its use by Gwen’s character in the film.”
“I was encouraged by Mike Jones the editor to take things to a more acoustic, emotional and ragged place. That, I hope, roughly explains the trajectory of the recording and how the varied music contained in this record came about. I hope you enjoy this colorful scrapbook of a soundtrack and get a chance to watch the film”.
- The Brain And The Body
- People Are Pissed
- Layer Upon Layer
- Joe's Theme
- Sunshine And Laughter Ever After
- Variation With Strings
- Low Cello
- Liberate Me From The Love Song
- Love Love Love
- I Want My Old Life Back
- Forest Waltz
- Dance All Your Shadows To Death
- Library To Kiss
- Staccato With Cello
- Small Talk
- Toni’s Theme