Classical Composer Rael Jones Releases Soundtrack to The Final Days of his Mother’s Life with Devast
Praise for My Cousin Rachel:
“Rael Jones’ judiciously used score balances romance and foreboding.” – Hollywood Reporter
“…it is a fantastically preposterous psychological drama featuring a lush score from Rael Jones and a tremendous lead performance from Rachel Weisz.” – The Guardian – Peter Bradshaw
“There’s much twisting, churning, psychological mystery to be enjoyed here, helped by Rael Jones’ firmly directional score” – ScreenDaily
Praise for Suite Française:
“…a wonderful soundtrack written by Rael Jones” – Moviez Magazine “in a story where music serves an integral narrative function, Rael Jones’s pretty, heavily worked score can justify its degree of ornamentation” – Variety “…impressive and atmospheric. Even in the most threatening moments, the soft piano sounds have a calming effect on the audience...” – Filmwerk
Rael Jones’ new album, Mother Echo is released on 17th November, a date which holds special significance for the composer – it marks the 5th anniversary of his mother’s death, the inspiration behind the ten new tracks for piano and string quartet. The follow-up to his hugely successful debut album, Mandrake, which led to Fresh on the Net hailing him as ‘a special talent’, it sees Jones given the freedom to explore textures of sound and melody way beyond the film and television work which have made his composition so widely accessible, with his scores to TV programmes such as Harlots; The Salisbury Poisonings as well as films including My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, marking him as one of the most inventive and skilled British composers currently working.
Rael Jones is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his Film and Television scores.
He has been nominated for three primetime Emmys; a World Soundtrack award and won a Golden Reel Award. His liberal approach to music has seen him write for period dramas such as My Cousin Rachel and Suite Française, to collaborations with Oasis and Coldplay on the soundtracks for their
documentary features. Recently, he scored BBC One’s The Salisbury Poisonings viewed by 10 million people in its first week.
Mother Echo is his most personal work yet, seeing him reflect on death, his childhood and the relationship with his mother. Rael explains:
“This is a deeply personal album for me. I’m attempting to translate emotions and life events into musical structures. My mum was in a car crash when I was six. She spent a lot of time after that in bed with whiplash and presumably depression. I was terrified she wouldn’t be there anymore. For instance, she asked me, “would you rather have a mummy in bed like this or not have a mummy at all?"
The artwork is based on a recurrent nightmare I had around this time - I’m alone in my house being dragged inexplicably towards a strange figure - death in human form. It touches my shoulder, our feet lift off the ground, and we fly through the lounge, past my gathered relatives and out of the bay window….at which point I wake up. The cover shows what lies past that window. It’s not so scary after all”
The tracks on the album point towards poignant moments in his journey with his mum through these moving experiences – for example:
“We scattered my mother’s ashes in the river at a place called ‘The Valley of Desolation’ (track 9).
We placed old passports in her coffin to assist her on her metaphysical journey, as she would have it
(track 10). And so on and so on”
Recorded alongside his wife, Sara Wolstenholme, on first violin whilst she was heavily pregnant, it is a deeply affecting album charged with emotion but with great melodic flair and depth.
Piano - Rael Jones
1st Violin - Sara Wolstenholme
2nd Violin - Marijie Johnston
Viola - Michael Gurevich
Cello - Brian O’Kane
Recorded in The Hall at Air Studios by Engineer Fiona Cruickshank
Mixed by Al Green
Mastered by John Webber at Air Studios
Artwork drawings by Sam Warren
Artwork post-production by Ben Wren