Ever since I saw the first series of The Killing I have been enchanted by the world of Nordic Noir. It is a style often referenced in television drama and what interests me the most is the music. I always wanted to compose an album that represents what the music of ‘Nordic Noir’ means to me.
It is a genre that I am naturally drawn to…I don’t know if it is my Irish roots coming out – but I love melancholy, ambiguity, space, darkness, textures and beauty and I wanted these compositions to encompass all of these.
I have been fortunate to work with many directors who have a passion for mood and texture in their work. When working to picture it is often about creating an atmosphere and I love the process of immersing myself in a new soundtrack for a film, television drama or documentary that embraces this ethos.
Here is a short film about my composition process for the album that I made with director Alexander Luchita: it actually snowed on us in London as we shot the street footage – perfect for a Nordic Noir album!
Listen to the album here:
A huge thank-you to my good friend Sylvia Hallet who played Hardanger fiddle, Kantele and Nyckeleharpa.
Special thank you to composers DC Jansson and Kevin DePree for their hard work and collaborations on this album.
Album mixed by Jake Jackson
Additional drum programming: Ben DeVries
Thank you Sarah Pickering at Juice Music, Iain Roberton at KPM Music, Edwina Travis Chin, Oksana Gal and the team at APM Music Los Angeles.
Sheridan Tongue on APM