Sunday, 7 November 2010

Jóhann Jóhannsson and Marc Craste

Icelandic composer / musician Jóhann Jóhannsson captivated our imagination a couple of years back with his quite sublime 'Fordlandia' release on 4AD. This truly beautiful, arctic modern classical composition / electronica chills our hearts and transports our minds into a long-lost dreamworld; all of his work being pretty much essential. So we were obviously excited with the release earlier this year of a soundtrack he'd composed for a Marc Craste animated film from 2008 called 'Varmints'.

Like most of his work, 'And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees', as it is entitled on cd / vinyl, is isolating in part, delicate and subtle - working perfectly as a soundtrack to the masterful animation but also is powerful enough to stand on it's own as a commanding music piece.

And this rather incredible album has introduced us to Marc Craste, London based master animator / director and key player of UK animation studio, STUDIO AKA. We were actually aware of much of their work already, with various stunning spots for the BBC and iconic animation for advertising - however, it's in award winning short films where his unique, dark fairy tale vision really flourishes. Check out the aforementioned 'Varmints' if you get a chance and check out a full version of one of our personal favourites 'Jojo In The Stars' below. Enjoy.

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