Lakeshore Records releases today, September 24, Wolfboy and the Everything Factory Season 1--Apple TV+ Original Series Soundtrack digitally. The album contains the irrepressible theme song, “Excaliboom,” composed by Clap! Clap! (AKA Cristiano Crisci), plus a thrilling, kaleidoscope of a score by Xav Clarke. “Wolfboy and the Everything Factory” premieres today on Apple TV+.
The 10-episode animated epic "Wolfboy and the Everything Factory" follows Wolfboy (voiced by Kassian Akhtar), an imaginative oddball who discovers a strange realm at the centre of the earth where fantastical beings called Sprytes create things for the natural world on the surface — clouds, trees, rabbits, dreams, hiccups, memories, time... everything! With his newfound Spryte friends, Wolfboy learns that not only can he use the creative energy of the Everything Factory to make his wild imagination come to life, but that he is destined to play a central role in an age-old battle between the forces of creation and destruction. Wolfboy soon comes to realize that being different is what makes him special — and ultimately, that it's the oddballs and dreamers who change the world.
Says Crisci: “It was a real pleasure to compose a theme for such a great new show! The images & animation of Wolfboy were incredibly inspiring and seeing it gave me that instant desire to record the ‘Excaliboom’ theme song with some classic old warm-sounding analog machines! What a great experience! Unforgettable!”
Says Clarke: "’Wolfboy & The Everything Factory’ is a show about a boy who discovers a strange realm at the centre of the earth, where fantastical beings called Sprytes create things for the world above. Clouds, trees, rabbits, dreams, hiccups, memories, time... I wanted the music to contain elements of instruments and tones we know, but to combine them and twist them into new and magical sounds that could only have been made by Wolfboy and the Sprytes themselves in the Everything Factory.
This soundtrack has some of our favourite moments from the first season; wonder, beauty and adventure - all heard through the lens of the unique, heartfelt and handmade nature of the show. There is also a suite of music woven together from all the different sounds of the 'Labs' in which the Sprytes create things for the surface. I hope you enjoy listening to these stories of sound from The Everything Factory as much as I did making them. 'Everything has a heart.’”
ABOUT XAV CLARKE
Musician, composer, and songwrier Xav Clarke's musical style could best be described as imaginative, dream-like, playful, and fantastical with a wondering sophistication and curiousity that welcome listeners into his rainbow world of complex sounds, textures, and emotions.
As a composer and songwriter, Xav’s love of animation that can be enjoyed by all ages led him to compose an organic score and write original songs for Apple TV’s Wolfboy and the Everything Factory as well as forging a cinematic score for Cartoon Network’s grandiose sci-fi adventure Elliot from Earth. He entered the animation scoring space after writing the viral song “Weird Like You and Me” for Cartoon Network’s BAFTA Award-winning The Amazing World of Gumball.
As a musician, he also produces his unique brand of psychedelic pop under his own name and with the bands Itchy Teeth, Captain Fix & The Midnight Honeys, and Starfish Men. Xav’s kaleidoscopic and dreamy debut solo album “magic arrow” will release in 2021. As a guitarist Xav has appeared in Danny Boyle's film Yesterday, and has performed on soundtracks and been lucky enough to work with acclaimed composers Daniel Pemberton and Michael Giacchino.
Whether scoring for animation, songwriting, jamming with his bands, or producing his solo work, Xav’s versatile skill and free-spirited nature will always follow where the music leads him.
ABOUT CLAP! CLAP!
Clap! Clap!, aka Cristiano Crisci, is an internationally acclaimed producer and performer. Bringing together disparate inspirations and styles onto the dancefloor of his mind, Crisci has spent over a decade establishing himself as one of Italy's most daring electronic music producers. His work has been recognized and supported by Paul Simon, Gilles Peterson, Future Music Magazine, DJ Mag and featured on GTA V, Boiler Room, Ninja Tune's Solid Steel, and the FABRIC mix CD series. He also performs regularly, and has brought his energetic live shows to clubs and stages across the world, including Mutek Montreal, Star Festival Kyoto & Nuits Sonores Lyon.
Born and bred in Florence, Crisci began his career in the mid-1990s as a rapper before picking up the saxophone and performing both jazz standards and jazz/punk fusion with Trio Cane. In 2004, he returned to his electronic roots with the A Smile For Timbuctu project, a collaborative effort which released four albums and performed across Europe. By 2008, Crisci decided to strike it out on his own as Digi G’Alessio, channeling the same hip-hop meets electronic music energies as those animating the nascent Los Angeles beat scene. Following a string of EPs and albums under the name, Crisci hit upon a new formula when he started combining samples from the African continent with energetic drum programming. The results led to the birth of Clap! Clap! in 2013. The stripped-back, high-energy yet inventive sound caught the attention of British label Black Acre with whom Crisci has been working since.
Clap! Clap!’s music is a unique blend of global dance and timeless sounds drawing from nature, traditional music, field recordings, and the electronic savvy of modern centres like Chicago and London. At its core are the inspiration of everyday life, what Crisci calls “the search for new flavours,” and a unifying narrative approach. The results are albums that play out like sonic movies. 2014's Tayi Bebba was a soundtrack tour of an imaginary island, and 2016's A Thousand Skies told the story of a young girl's journey through the stars. It was this inventive style that attracted Paul Simon, who discovered Crisci through his son, and eventually led to the pair collaborating on Simon's 2016 album Stranger To Stranger.
Following a busy year in 2016, Crisci took a break from focusing on samples and composition to study sound dynamics and the science of mixing and engineering. He changed his studio and tools, putting more emphasis on the correct melding of analog and digital technology. His third album, Liquid Portraits, is a result of this process with a new compositional approach that puts a stronger focus on field recording and sound design to achieve clarity without diminishing the energy and enthusiasm of the music. As the name hints at, the album is a collection of sonic paintings, an attempt at capturing furtive, subconscious memories through sound. The tracks reference trips Crisci took and people he met – from southern Italy to Hokkaido via the Kif Mountains of Morocco – as well as more abstract ideas of loss, calmness, and childhood. Helped by a small cast of close collaborators – harpist Kety Fusco, singer Martha Da'ro, percussionist Domenico Candellori, and bassist Piero Spitilli – Liquid Portraits is a major new step in Crisci's evolution as an artist.
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