PJ Harvey & Harry Escott Compose Track
Indie artist, PJ Harvey, teams up with British composer, Harry Escott, to write track for the film Dark River.
Coming together in order to write the theme for new film Dark River by Director Clio Barnard is British composer Harry Escott and musician PJ Harvey. The musical pairing shared their collaborative effort ‘An Acre Of Land’ only last week, and now bring an accompanying video to further promote the track, via independent label Cognitive Shift Recordings, which is a joint label between One Little Indian Records and Manners McDade Publishing. In addition, the video to ‘An Acre Of Land’ provides glimpses from the highly anticipated forthcoming film.
The work of Harry Escott extends even further than the collaboration with PJ Harvey as the entire film score for Dark River was composed by Escott, who commented regarding his pairing with PJ Harvey: “…recording PJ Harvey’s vocal on ‘An Acre of Land’, a song we arranged together for Dark River, was a spine-tingling experience.”
Harry Escott first came to prominence in 2005 with his score to the influential psychological horror film Hard Candy, directed by David Slade. Since then, Harry has worked with such stellar directorial talents as Eran Creevy on both Shifty and Welcome To The Punch; Michael Winterbottom on A Mighty Heart, The Road To Guantanamo, and Face Of An Angel; Clio Barnard on the multi award-winning The Arbor; and The Selfish Giant, a contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story; as well as Nick Broomfield on Ghosts; and perhaps most prominently, on Steve McQueen’s seminal debut film Shame.
When it comes to the forthcoming film release Dark River, Harry Escott describes the movie as “a film that leaves me wanting to take more care of those around me, which is a good thing for a film to leave you with!”
For those less familiar with PJ Harvey, then further information regarding this British artist includes winning both the 2001 and 2011 Mercury Prizes, as well as a 2013 MBE for services to music. She has contributed original music to the soundtrack for Mark Cousins’ film, ‘What’s This Film Called Love?’, BBC television series ‘Peaky Blinders’ starring Cillian Murphy, and BBC Radio 4 Drama productions Eurydice and Orpheus by Simon Armitage and Orpheus and Eurydice by Linda Marshall Griffiths, and Nadia Molinari’s On Kosovo Field. Theatre score collaborations with director Ian Rickson include The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Theatre Royal Haymarket, London), The Nest (Young Vic, London), and Electra (Old Vic, London), Harvey’s latest album The Hope Six Demolition Project, reached #1 in the UK charts and was nominated for a Grammy.
The film Dark River premiered at the 2017 London Film Festival from October 4th to 15th, and will be on general release on February 23rd 2018.
(Photography courtesy of Daniel Morgan (Harry Escott) and Seamus Murphy (PJ Harvey))