Max Richter releases new single All Human Beings

Max Richter releases new single All Human Beings Max Richter has spent the last decade creating his new album Voices inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He describes its first single, All Human Beings, as “a place to think and reflect” and a musical message of hope in these troubled times. Richter invited […] The post  Max Richter releases new single All Human Beings appeared first on Louder Than War.

 Max Richter releases new single All Human Beings

Max Richter releases new single All Human Beings

Max Richter has spent the last decade creating his new album Voices inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He describes its first single, All Human Beings, as “a place to think and reflect” and a musical message of hope in these troubled times.

Richter invited people around the world to be part of the piece, crowd-sourcing readings in 70 different languages of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be interwoven into the work, which features a unique “upside-down” orchestra.

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, in the aftermath of the Second World War, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted by a group of philosophers, artists and thinkers convened by Eleanor Roosevelt to address the great questions of the time.

Alongside Roosevelt’s recorded voice, and the crowd-sourced voices, there is also narration by acclaimed US actor Kiki Layne, whose distinctive tones complement the choral, orchestral and electronic soundscape.

“I like the idea of a piece of music as a place to think, and it is clear we all have some thinking to do at the moment,” explains Max Richter. “We live in a hugely challenging time and, looking around at the world we have made, it’s easy to feel hopeless or angry. But, just as the problems we face are of our own making, so their solutions are within our reach, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is something that offers us a way forward.

“Although it isn’t a perfect document, the declaration does represent an inspiring vision for the possibility of better and kinder world.”

Voices had its world premiere in London in February, with more than 60 musicians performing live on the Barbican stage. The music involves a radical reimagining of the traditional orchestra formation.

“It came out of this idea of the world being turned upside down, our sense of what’s normal being subverted, so I have turned the orchestra upside down in terms of the proportion of instruments,” says Richter.

He has scored the work for 12 double basses, 24 cellos, 6 violas, 8 violins and a harp. They are joined by a wordless 12-piece choir as well as Richter on keyboards, violin soloist Mari Samuelsen, soprano Grace Davidson and conductor Robert Ziegler. The striking visuals for this large-scale project are by Richter’s creative partner, artist and film-maker Yulia Mahr.

You can follow Max Richter on Facebook and Twitter.

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Review by Paul Clarke, you can see his author profile here.

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Tilly and the Wall reissue mini-album Woo! and retrospective collection I Want To Fu The post New Retrospective and Reissue from Tilly And The Wall appeared first on Louder Than War.

New Retrospective and Reissue from Tilly And The Wall

 

Fans of delightful indie art-pop have something to smile about this summer with the news that the Team Love label  are throwing Tilly And The Wall back into public consciousness.

The single Do You Dream At All will be released on 30 June, lifted from the reissued mini-album Woo! This sits alongside the release of the accompanying 2002-2013 retrospective album, I Want To Fu<3k It Up.

Having grabbed the attention of the music press with the quirk of tap dancing as percussion, the Omaha five-piece indie darlings released a string of buoyant and brilliant records filled with charisma. Their warm joy is easily explained as they describe how, on Woo!, they “recorded our first set of songs in a friend’s basement during the early winter of 2002. It’s a record that only could have happened in Omaha, with the perfectly organic blend of innocence, joy, magic, youth and the bonding of five friends who became family for life.”

The passage of time has almost seen something of a fight for a kind of Art-Indie Canon of the Noughties era, and I Want To Fu<3k It Up, a collection of their works from 2002-2013, confirms just why they belong there. The title, implying messy rebellion with love at its heart, sums up the band perfectly. Their best remembered chant-along-friendly gems The Beat and Pot Kettle Black, sit amidst a wider selection of their more unfairly overlooked treasure trove, which should hopefully draw more attention upon this release.

Woo! also deserves to be regarded as an underground classic, full of joyful spirit with a  twist of prettily yearning melancholy. The title a carefree proclamation of joy, that buoyant excitement is still very much felt from the offset with the bustle of studio noise. But this pulls us into a world of musings of sadness, distrust and staying in bed. Like the bitter heart of a sugared almond, TATW provide kicks of heartfelt reality in something still ultimately sweet and delightful. It’s a punch drunk house party at its woozy turning point, except were some records would let the crying in the kitchen escalate, Woo! offers an arm round the shoulder and a reassuring word.

It’s this kind of warm inclusivity that marked TATW out from the crowd. Share your tears and let them dry them (and pour yourself a cocktail and resume the fun.) The party is clearly still at Tilly and The Wall’s, and everyone is still very much invited.

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Pre-orders for both records via Bandcamp can be found here:

Woo! – https://tillyandthewall.bandcamp.com/album/woo

I Want to Fu<3k It Up – https://tillyandthewall.bandcamp.com/album/i-want-to-f-ck-it-up-tilly-and-the-wall-2002-2013

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Find more information online:

https://www.facebook.com/officialTATW/ 

https://twitter.com/OfficialTATW

https://www.instagram.com/tatw/

http://www.team-love.com/artists/tilly-and-the-wall/

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All words by Amy Britton. Find more on her archive at https://louderthanwar.com/author/amy-britton/

 

 

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