Friday, June 04, 2010

From the Archives - Boa Morte Interview

Songs To Learn And Sing - Boa Morte Interview

Boa Morte have just released their second album, The Dial Waltz, so it was great when Cormac Gahan from the band came in for an interview a few weeks ago to chat about the record. Cormac picked some great music to play on the episode, including tracks by Icelanders Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Guðnadóttir. When asked if this is representative of what he's currently listening to Cormac answers: "Post classical or neo-classical type of stuff, a lot of it is coming out of Iceland, Jóhann Jóhannsson but even people like Max Reichter, soundtrack music, heavy strings, heavy orchestration, I think it's great especially the stuff coming out of Iceland, music that's so lush and full." Cormac's not sure if this music has an influence on Boa Morte's sound, "I wonder does it somehow influence the string sections that we put on the ends of some of the songs."

Boa Morte's Cormac Gahan and Paul Ruxton

Daniel Presley produced both The Dial Waltz and Boa Morte's debut album Soon It Will Come Time to Face the World Outside. When asked what type of sound Boa Morte were looking for producer Daniel Presley to capture Cormac explains: "A warm, live sound, the funny thing about Daniel is that he had actually produced an album by a band called Spain, The Blue Moods of Spain, and that album was the sound we were looking for. It probably would have been one of the things we would have played a producer, to give them an idea of the sound we were after, and it just so happened that he had produced and done the string arrangements on that album."

Youtube videos for some of the tracks chosen by Cormac are below. The Dial Waltz is out now.  

Adrian Crowley - The Wishing Seat (taken from
Season of the Sparks, 2009)

Bowerbirds - Chimes (taken from Upper Air 2009)

Jóhann Jóhannsson - Odi et Amo (taken from Englabörn, 2002)

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