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Albecq Releases A Distant Guiding Sun

London-based collective Albecq has released their debut album, A Distant Guiding Sun. The ensemble comprises of Angus MacRae, Thom Robson and Music Sales composer James Jones. The album consists of seven tracks of unhurried, free-flowing soundscapes created with a range of vintage synths. Listen here

Matt Emery Releases New Single

Injazero Records artist Matt Emery has released a new single through the label called I Put A Flame In Your Heart. It follows on from the release of his debut album last year. The release consists of the solo piano title track, a version with Emery's emotive vocals over the top of a full band, and a remix of the track by the band Vessels. Listen here

Id-Dar Tal-Missier by A Lily Released Through Aim Low

Id-Dar Tal-Missier by A Lily has been released. The album consists of six songs by James Vella which incorporate more standard pop music structures than he has historically employed. Almost all of the instrumentation was written and performed by Vella, largely in his home studio, but the release also includes some collaborations. Mercury Price Nominee C Duncan lends luch choral vocals to 'Banana Moth' and yndi halda co-founder Daniel Neal performs violin on a serveral tracks.

Craig Armstrong And Guy Garvey Release New Single

Craig Armstrong has collaborated with Manchester-born songwriter Guy Garvey to create the new single 'Cornflower (Marelle)'. Marelle was originally composed by Armstrong for piano and strings. This single sees the track reimagined with Garvey adding his distincitve voice and moving lyrics to the work. The track has been described by the press as 'an escape into a gentle, peaceful and uplifting soundscape.' You can hear the new track below and will also be able to hear the original 'Marelle' on Armstrong's upcoming album Sun On You. Listen here

Valley Of Shadows Soundtrack Released

Zbigniew Preisner's soundtrack to the Norwegian mystery drama Valley Of Shadows has been released. The film tells the story of a young boy who ventures into the forest in search of mysterious creatures that have been eating sheep. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was directed by Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen. It stars Adam Ekeli, Katherine Fagerland, John Olav Nilsen, Lennard Salamon, and Jørgen Langhelle. Listen here

Music Week Sync Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the Music Week Sync Awards 2018 has been announced. A number of Music Sales projects have been nominated and the Music Sales Sync Team has been nominated in the Independent Publisher category. Our nominations are as follows: Best Sync - TV Show (Drama)'Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside)' - Bernadette Caroll Featured In: The End Of The F***ing World (Netflix) Best Sync - Online Viral Advert 'Lotus Flower' - Tokio Myers Featured In: Rolls Royce Best Sync - Film 'Dealing For The Sarabande' - Michael Nyman Featured In: McQueen Best Social Media/Online Partnership UB40 'Come Back Darling' - Virgin Atlantic Tokio Myers 'Jerusalem' - NPower Sync Team - Independent Publisher For the full shortlist, see here. In addition to these, Civilisations and The End Of The F***ing World have been nominated for Overall TV Series Soundtrack (UK) and Lucy Bright has been nominated for Music Supervisor - TV for McMafia and The City & The City. For more on the music supervision shortlist, see here.

New Casualty Series Scored By Justine Barker

Justine Barker has scored the new series of Casualty, the first episode of which aired on Saturday August 11th. Now in its 33rd season, the BBC One British medical drama is the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world. The show follows the staff and patients at Holby City Hospital's emergency department and this latest series kicked off with dramatic scenes as several main characters battled for their lives following an explosive cliff-hanger. Justine’s previous media credits include Crime Stories, Sirens, Suspects and Casualty spin-off series Holby City. More info

Sven Helbig Releases Tres Momentos

Tres Momentos, Sven's new piece for string orchestra and electronics will be released digitally on August 10th followed by a 10" Vinyl in September. The live recording of the concert with Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin will appear on the Neue Meister label. Tres Momentos describes a section of the infinite spiral, in which disorder and structure, the sacred and the profane, life and death are mutually dependent. Drone sounds connect three composed moments for string orchestra. The composition's lyrical tones contrast with multi-layered noise elements, which ultimately dissolve into a waltz. With this release, Sven Helbig departs from his previously preferred rigorous tonal harmonies, and the electronic components become more prominent. Listen here

Albecq Releases LACE / Winter

London-based collective Albecq has released their first material ahead of their full album release on September 7th. Albecq comprises of Angus MacRae, Thom Robson and Music Sales composer James Jones. The release consists of two tracks – ‘LACE’ and ‘Winter’ – and the full album is entitled ‘A Distant, Guiding Sun’. Listen here

Zeal & Ardor Nominated In 2018 AIM Awards

Avant-garde metal band Zeal & Ardor have been nominated in the International Breakthrough of The Year category of the 2018 Association of Independent Music Awards. The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 4th September. More info

Sylvia Plath: Inside The Bell Jar Scored By Guy Farley

Guy Farley has composed music for new BBC Two documentary Sylvia Plath: Inside The Bell Jar Scored By Guy Farley, which airs on August 11th. Bringing to life that 'queer sultry summer' of 1953, this is the first film to unravel the story behind Sylvia Plath's seminal novel. The book captures the struggles of an ambitious young woman's attempts to deal with the constraints of 1950's America - the bright lights of New York dim, turn to depression and attempted suicide. The film weaves the autobiographic narrative of the book with the testimony of her friends, and daughter Frieda Hughes - some speaking for the first time. More info

Jocelyn Pook Scores The Wife

On August 17, the cinematic adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel The Wife will be released, having premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Glenn Close stars opposite Jonathan Pryce in the film which tells the story of a woman who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, who is set to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Wife was directed by Björn Runge and has a soundtrack by Music Sales composer, Jocelyn Pook.

2018 Toronto International Film Festival

A number of films with scores by Music Sales composers will be premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Hotel Mumbai is directed by Anthony Maras and tells the story of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks and its survivors. It stars Dev Patel and Armie Hammer and has a score by Volker Bertelmann. The Hate U Give is George Tillman Jr.’s adaptation of the novel by Angie Thomas which follows a promising student and cherished daughter whose life is upended, then galvanised, when a friend is senselessly shot dead by police. The film has a score by Dustin O’Halloran and will be released in theatres in October of this year. Other Music Sales composers with work featured in the festival are as follows: American Woman - directed by Jake Scott with music by Adam Wiltzie The Death And Life of John F. Donovan - directed by Xavier Dolan with music by Gabriel Yared The Biggest Little Farm - directed by John Chester with music by Jeff Beal For more information about 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, see here.

Check Out Some Of Our Recent Ads

In the last few weeks, there’s been a plethora of ads featuring some gems from the Music Sales catalogue. The British Beer Alliance used Jamie Principle’s ‘Your Love’ in their Long Live The Local campaign, whilst Mark Ronson’s ‘Ooh Wee’ can be heard on the latest from Dominos Pizza. In addition to these, there’s also new campaigns from Birra Moretti and Bwin Casino, featuring ‘Pizza Pye’ and ‘Try Me’ respectively, among a number of others. Watch Here

Dustin O’Halloran Scores Puzzle

On July 27, Puzzle will be released in theatres. Puzzle tells the story of a woman from a suburban town who discovers her own independence through a natural virtuosity for solving puzzles. It is directed by Marc Turtletaub, stars Kelly Macdonald and Irfan Khan, and is based on the 2010 Argentine film of the same name. The film was premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was scored by Dustin O’Halloran. Listen here

New A Cappella Version Of ‘Yumeji’s Theme’ Released

Following the widespread success of Shigeru Umebayashi’s ‘Yumeji’s Theme’ from In The Mood For Love, Umebayashi released a new a cappella version on 13th July. The track has been recorded by The Plum Forest Singers with soprano soloist Grace Davidson. Listen here

Calibre And Whitney Win At Edinburgh Film Festival

Calibre, the debut feature from UK writer-director Matt Palmer with original music by Anne Nikitin, has taken the top prize at the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF, June 20-July 1). The film, which received its world premiere at the festival and has a worldwide release on Netflix on June 28th, received the Michael Powell award for best British feature film. Best documentary feature film went to Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney, described by the jury as ‘an assured film which delivers on every count, from narrative momentum to superb journalism and flawless editing’. The score for Whitney was composed by Adam Wiltzie; the film is released in cinemas across the UK on July 6th.

Music Sales Nominated For Music+Sound Awards 2018

The finalists for the 2018 Music + Sound Awards have been announced, including three nominations for Music Sales. Volker Bertlemann's score for the BBC historical drama Gunpowder has been short-listed for Best Original Composition in the Television Programme Score category; Guy Farley's arrangement for Waitrose's 2017 Christmas campaign Snowed In is nominated for Best Re-Record / Adaptation in Broadcast Advertising; and the Absolut Vodka One Night ad featuring 'Sunny' is a contender for Best Sync in Broadcast Advertising. The winners will be announced on July 10th. More info

Dustin O'Halloran, Volker Bertelmann And Jeff Beal Invited To Join Academy

Dustin O'Halloran, Volker Bertelmann and Jeff Beal are amongst forty-four individuals invited to join the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Dustin and Volker received an Academy Award nomination in 2017 for their collaborative Lion score, whilst Jeff's composition for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power was shortlisted for Best Original Music at the 2018 Oscars. More info

Anne Nikitin Scores Calibre

Anne Nikitin has scored the debut feature from Matt Palmer, Calibre, which premiered at Edinburgh Film Festival on June 22nd. The film follows two friends who head up to an isolated Scottish Highlands village for a weekend hunting trip, where things take an unexpected turn. The film is available to view on Netflix from June 29th. More info

New Her Name Is Calla EP Out Now

Post-rock band Her Name Is Calla release their new EP The Dead Rift on 15th June through Function Records. The EP precedes their forthcoming album, Animal Choir, for which ‘The Dead Rift’ is the lead single. Earlier this year the band also released a video for the title track. Listen here

The Happy Prince Out Now

The Happy Prince, scored by Gabriel Yared, is in theatres across the UK as of June 15th. The historical drama depicts the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humour. The film, described by The Independent as ‘moving and ‘surprising’, was directed by Rupert Everett who is joined in the cast by Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Colin Morgan. More info

Michael Nyman McQueen Soundtrack Released

McQueen, the documentary exploring the life of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, was released theatrically across the UK on Friday 8th June. The music for the feature-length film was provided by Michael Nyman, whose soundtrack was released on the same day. Directed by Ian Bonhôte, the film has received rave reviews, described by Variety as 'supremely elegant and engrossing', with the Evening Standard describing Nyman's contribution as a 'moving and melancholic musical score'. Listen here

Zeal & Ardor Release Stranger Fruit

Zeal & Ardor have released Stranger Fruit, the follow-up to their acclaimed debut album Devil Is Fine. The diverse yet cohesive nature of the sixteen tracks is designed to encourage the listener to dig a little deeper and find their own meaning in its words. In contrast to Devil Is Fine, these songs are deliberately intended to play off each other both lyrically and musically. While the record seethes with a justifiable rage, its wider-reaching aim is to unify, not divide, and to inspire action, not inertia. The album was produced by Zebo Adam and mixed by Kurt Ballou. Stranger Fruit is available now on all digital services as well as CD, cassette and vinyl. Listen here

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