Johann Johannsson & BJNilsen - I Am Here

Vinyl LP + full download + bonus track
20 tracks - 43 mins
Limited edition

Based on the original score for the film ‚ÄúI Am Here‚Ä? (2014), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler, starring Kim Basinger, Jordan Prentice and Sebastian Schipper -
Written and Produced by Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen

Outer cover
‚ÄĘ side opening, 3mm spine
‚ÄĘ printed in black and one Pantone metallic only
‚ÄĘ inside flooded black
‚ÄĘ double-gloss finish

Inner cover
‚ÄĘ top opening
‚ÄĘ printed in one Pantone metallic only
‚ÄĘ double-gloss finish

This is the first collaboration between J√≥hann J√≥hannsson and BJ Nilsen‚Ķ very much a mix between their two worlds, you can hear both their signatures, and with the help of additional musicians, including Hildur Gu√įnad√≥ttir on cello and the remarkable voices of Elfa Margr√©t Ingvad√≥ttir and Gu√įmundur Vignir Karlsson, they together create a world of great beauty and mystery.

Written and Produced by Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJNilsen

Cello: Hildur Gu√įnad√≥ttir
Violin and viola: Daniella Strasfogel
Vocals: Elfa Margr√©t Ingvad√≥ttir and Gu√įmundur Vignir Karlsson
Piano, guitar and electronics: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Electronics: BJ Nilsen

Recorded and mixed by Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJNilsen in Berlin, December 2013 - January 2014
Mastered and cut by Jason at Transition

Track listing:

1. Intro                  
2. Lightgirl          
3. Maria Driving      
4. Shower          
5. I Need a Fix        
6. Baby                
7. Streetwalkers        
8. Mama, I Had a Dream  
9. Transparent    
10. Hotel Room  
11. Brothel        
12. Hotel Room 2    
13. Abduction        
14. Maria and Petit  
15. Hospital            
16. Mirror              
17. Rape      
18. Carkeys        
19. I Am Here (Salve Regina)
20. Maria Driving 2


Icelandic Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has recently completed the score for Universal’s Theory of Everything. The film is directed by James Marsh who is known for his documentary films such as the Oscar winning Man On Wire. The Working Title production focuses on the life of famed physicist Stephen Hawking and stars Eddie Redmayne of Les Miserables and Felicity Jones of The Amazing Spider Man 2. Theory of Everything premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and will be released in the USA this November and the rest of the world in December with the score soundtrack available this autumn through Back Lot Music/Universal.
Jóhannsson has composed music for many films including his recent work scoring director Denis Villeneuvue's film Prisoners and Josh C. Waller's McCanick. This year he will work with Villeneuvue once again to score the upcoming Lionsgate film Sicario starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro.

BJ Nilsen (b,1975 Sweden) Is a sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer. His latest album is ‚ÄúEye Of The Microphone‚Ä? [Touch # TO:95, 2013]. This year he co-edited "The Acoustic City", a book publication with CD, co-edited with Matthew Gandy, [2014, JOVIS Verlag, Berlin]


The Quietus (UK):

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson's soundtrack to the Stephen Hawking biopic, Theory Of Everything, has been nominated for an Oscar, but it's predictable, sentimental orchestrations are markedly different from the dark, understated drama he's formed here in collaboration with the always excellent Swedish sound artist BJ Nilsen. Their soundtrack to a film by Danish director Anders Morgenthaler for the most part combines just two strings (Hildur Gudnadottir on cello and Daniella Strasfogel on violin) with Jóhansson's piano gilded by Nilsen's electronics. This reduced ensemble steers the music into intimate contrasts, from portentous, brooding swells and simmering, scraping suspense to introspective lonely and hopeful passages, spare in execution but abundant in emotion. Key to this deeply evocative emphasis is the electronics where strange tensions are created by subtly suspended hums, buzzes and vaporous slices. Exquisitely recorded such that the instruments feel like they're playing from within you, the various themes, segues and motifs are frustratingly short. While the film, which I've not seen, no doubt benefits from the flexibility this affords in providing sonic colours to drape in the background, helping the foreground action unfold, a focussed listen without visuals is left craving for longer passages over which the deliciously dark dramas of the audio alone can evolve. [Russell Cuzner]

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