Invada Records and Lakeshore Records are set to digitally release ‘The North Water’ Original Series Score, featuring music by pioneering Canadian electronic musician and sound artist Tim Hecker. The arctic-drama series, starring BAFTA-winner Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) and Golden Globe-winning actor Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths), is based on Ian McGuire’s 2016 best-selling novel of the same name, and is adapted by writer-director Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Looking). Lakeshore Records will release the album in the Americas and Invada Records in the rest of the world.
The North Water is Tim’s first ever score album release and stands as a creative beacon in his career. The trailblazing musician is known for his gritty and innovative solo works, which include thirteen albums to date. In a review of the series, The Week says, “Tim Hecker's superbly eerie electronic score is full of whale calls, howls, echoes, and ice creaks…”
The North Water Original Series Score album will be released on digital platforms on September 10, in conjunction with the U.K. premiere. The series will air on BBC Two at 9:30pm, at which point it will be available as a full series box set on BBC iPlayer. On BBC Two it will air in weekly instalments every Friday night for five weeks. The limited series premiered in the U.S. earlier this summer and is currently available to stream on AMC+. A vinyl release of the score is slated for early 2022 on Invada Records.
Of the album, Tim Hecker says, "The score for The North Water was written just before and during the pandemic in 2020, mostly over arguably one of the darkest winters of some memory in Montreal. The music was an attempt to add depth and texture to a five-hour doomed arctic journey that charts a trajectory from hardened optimism into abject futility. We worked with a primary palette of synthesizers, electronics, and treated cello, in rich live spaces as well as suffocating dead ones. This version of the score is an enhanced mix of some of the material that made its way into the project.”
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