Title: The Swimmer
Label: Gondwana Records
Catalogue number: GONDCD016
Release date: 03/03/2017
Gondwana Records are delighted to announce the signing of composer, bassist and producer Phil France. A key collaborator alongside Jason Swinscoe in the Cinematic Orchestra, France was responsible for some of the most heartrendingly beautiful music created in recent times. Co-writing, arranging and producing on the Cinematic Orchestra albums including Everyday, Man With The Movie Camera, Ma Fleur and also the triple award winning soundtrack for The Crimson Wing nature documentary, France’s skills have always extended beyond his bass-lines.
France who has signed a three album deal with Gondwana Records is currently working on material for a new album, but first up is a worldwide re-release for his debut solo recording, The Swimmer, a beautiful beguiling “soundtrack” for a film that hasn’t been made yet. Originally released in October 2013 it is deeply emotive and epic in scale and draws its influences from the great second wave of film composers including John Carpenter and Vangelis, as well as minimalist composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass.
France’s skill, in this album, as well as his work with The Cinematic Orchestra, is in soundtracking human emotion – The Swimmer is full of heartbreak and recovery, strength, honesty and frailty, it is meditative and hopeful. The Swimmer will be released on 3rd March 2017.
Born in Elland, West Yorkshire in 1971 and raised in Huddersfield where he met Jason Swinscoe and introduced him to the music of Charles Mingus he began as principle bassist in Kirklees Youth Orchestra and Huddersfield Philharmonic before studying History at Newcastle University and later going onto post graduate course in Jazz and Studio Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He would then join the newly formed Cinematic Orchestra in 1997 having reconnected with Swinscoe through mutual friends. He is now based in Manchester where he is currently writing material for his forthcoming Gondwana Records release.
The Swimmer will be supported by three remixes:
Joy Of Brass – Mr. Scruff Remix
The Swimmer – Graham Massey Remix (808 State)
Transition – Kristian Gjerstad Remix