Ocean In A Drop (Music For Film)

GoGo Penguin

Vinyl, 10", EP
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Maestro's Select Back in 2015, jazz/electronica fusionists GoGo Penguin wrote and performed a live soundtrack to Godfrey Reggio's cult 1982 documentary "Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance". It was such a success that they have since performed the soundtr

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Back in 2015, jazz/electronica fusionists GoGo Penguin wrote and performed a live soundtrack to Godfrey Reggio's cult 1982 documentary "Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance". It was such a success that they have since performed the soundtrack live all over the world, and here deliver a fine mini-album inspired by their original "re-score". It's as vibrant, emotion-rich and stirring as you'd expect, with opener "Time-Lapse City" providing a dazzling mixture of intensely positive and restless pianos, bustling jazz drums and smooth double bass, "Ocean In A Drop" brilliantly growing in intensity throughout thanks to a superb new arrangement and closer "Nessus" sounding every bit as poignant and tear-jerking as it did when they first performed the score.

UK trio GoGo Penguin (pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner) announce Ocean in a Drop: Music for Film, a new EP to be released October 4th. The five tracks draw inspiration from GGP’s celebrated live soundtrack for Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 cult doc Koyaanisqatsi – the band has performed their original score for the film internationally, including a final run of dates to come this autumn in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, Paris, London and back home in Manchester – they’ll also play the Austin City Limits Music Festival this October. Hear the beautifully stirring atmospheric opener “Time-Lapse City.”

Ocean in a Drop: Music for Film follows GoGo Penguin’s critically acclaimed 2018 album A Humdrum Star. The Washington Post called it “the group’s most hypnotic recording yet,” while NPR Music brought them in to perform three songs from the full-length for a Tiny Desk Concert. Different worlds have always collided in the sound of the trio; they conjure richly atmospheric music that draws from their shared love of electronica, their grounding in classical conservatoires and jazz ensembles alongside indie bands, and a merging of acoustic and electronic techniques. The band has an affinity for poetry, too — the EP’s title nods to a quote from 13th-century Sufi scholar Rumi: “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”

The inspiration for the recording came from the audience response to their live performances of the original score. “People kept asking if we’d release the music as an album, but that didn’t feel right to us,” Chris explains. “The film has a great score already, but we really enjoyed the project and specifically writing music for film, so that provided the inspiration for Ocean in a Drop.” The electrifying intensity of GGP’s live performance has translated to this record too. “Performing the soundtrack live is hugely demanding, both physically and mentally, and the recording was no different,” Chris continues. “We recorded the tracks together live like we have with our previous recordings, not overdubbing and layering individual parts together.”

There is an immersive power within the finest detail of Ocean in a Drop, and an emotional resonance that lingers, even beyond the final note or frame

Tracklist:

Side A
  • A1 Time-Lapse City
  • A2 Control Shift
Side B
  • B1 Four Corners
  • B2 Ocean In A Drop
  • B3 Nessus
Producer: Brendan Williams
Label: Blue Note
Genre: Jazz, Stage & Screen
Drager: Vinyl, 10", EP
Release datum: 2019-10-18
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