Fiona Brice shares Digital 21 + Stefan Olsdal remix of ‘Dallas’
With the release of her debut solo album around the corner, we are pleased to share with you a remix of FIONA BRICE‘s ‘Dallas’ from Digital 21 + Stefan Olsdal, the combination of Miguel López Mora (Spanish electronic music pioneer) and Stefan Olsdal (Placebo bassist/guitarist). The track, which was premiered yesterday on CLASH “pits the classical tones alongside some squelching electronics” yet manages to retain the “inner calm of the original”. You can now listen to the track below…
Brice is also set for two London live performances over the next few weeks, at both the Servant Jazz Quarters and Bush Hall. Those dates below…
Tuesday 31st May – LONDON – Servant Jazz Quarters (with Gemma Ray)
Wednesday 15th June – LONDON – Bush Hall (with The Anchoress)
Few CVs are as illustrious as that of Fiona Brice. It spans orchestral arrangements for artists such as John Grant, Anna Calvi, Midlake, Placebo, Vashti Bunyan and Jarvis Cocker, scores for concert performances by Roy Harper and Gemma Ray, and violin performances for the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Katherine Jenkins, Gorillaz and Robbie Williams. Now, there’s a new name to add to this incredible list; Brice herself, with a stunning solo debut, Postcards From, ten instrumental pieces as rich and cinematic as its ingredients are minimal; just violin, cello and piano, and a restlessly inventive imagination.
From the piercing clarity of ‘Berlin’ to the cascading ‘Glastonbury’, from the peaceful reverie of ‘Koh Yao Noi’ to the haunting tension of ‘Antwerp’, Brice’s violin and compositional skill forges many moods. Her piano also leads the luminescent ‘Dallas’ and the candlelit aura of ‘Denton’ while violin and piano combine with the swarthier overtones of cello for ‘Paris’, ‘Verona’ and ‘Tokyo’. Click HERE to listen to ‘Berlin’, the album’s ravishing opening track.
With the exception of ‘Tokyo’, the tracks were conceived in the places they’re named after. Though Brice refers to the tracks as “musical selfies” of her mood at the time, she concedes that some psycho-geographical influence has seeped in. For example, she hears, “warmth, space and light” in (the Thai island of) ‘Koh Yao Noi’ while ‘St Petersburg’ “sounds a little menacing, with a certain grandeur too. But if ‘Glastonbury’ has an upbeat, swirling energy, it’s the landlines and pagan side that entrances Brice rather than the festival. She describes Postcards From as “one foot in the classical world and one in rock, but if anything, it’s more like film music. Either way, it represents me well.”
Postcards From will be released in two weeks time (3rd June) on Bella Union.