Falling Man is almost on stage - 19th - 20th August at Wilton's Music Hall in London. Here is one of the tracks from the piece which will be performed live with vocals by US artist Apricity.
It's a cover of Bjork's All Is Full of Love, and is a special track to me, ever since I heard her perform it on the Other Stage at Glastonbury - one of the best atmosphere's of any festival gigs I've ever experienced. You could really feel the unity and connection between everyone in the crowd, enhanced and reflected in the beautiful vocal by the Icelandic artist.
This version is admittedly darker, but Apricity's vocal lights up the night with her naturally rich and lush tones. I'm looking forward to getting this performed live before the public.
The visual cue for the veiled woman comes from the beautiful artwork to Joy Division's album ‘Closer’. The artist, Peter Savile, used a black and white photograph from a cemetery in Genoa, in which a vignette of statues of mourning figures grieve over the dead. Apparently, Tony Wilson almost pulled the artwork because of the tragic suicide of Ian Curtis just before the record released. I'm glad they didn't.
The music we used to inspire these photographs was a very specific recording of ‘The Eternal’ - a live bootleg from The Warehouse in Preston. The song creeps over you slowly building a ghostly atmosphere, flushed with emotional insight. As it happened, the band were having enormous technical problems at the show with mics and the PA. Perhaps Ian Curtis’s entry into the song was delayed for these reasons. But the result is a song which builds a powerful darkness with slow chanting synths until after a few minutes Curtis’s voice pierces the darkness like a shaft of light. The effect is incredible. One of my favourite recordings of all time.
The image is another of my pieces referencing renaissance imagery of the Madonna, the symbol and embodiment of emotional connection. The veil is a powerful device, hiding the figure just beyond the reach of our eyes, as so much emotional truth around us is to be found.