Michael Hamilton an album entitled ‘Under a Proud and Merciless Sun’.
Available to download via Bandcamp and stream on Spotify, the nine-track long-player is the first new material from the Glasgow-based composer since a six-track EP, ‘Pale Shadows of Forgotten Names’.
As well as scoring for film and video games, the Glasgow-based composer has in the past worked, often on guitar and bass, with the likes of Graeme Duffin (Wet Wet Wet), Sam McTrusty (Twin Atlantic), Max Murphy (The Voice), Midas Fall (Progressive Music Award winners), and singer-songwriter Scott McWatt.
However, his latest release saw him take quite a different path, as he explains: “After much of the feedback on my previous album included words like ‘soundtrack’ and ‘cinematic’, I decided to set myself a challenge,” he says, “to write a collection of the kind of music that you might actually find in a film/video game score.”
Hamilton also explains how the album can be subdivided into three parts – the first three pieces more delicate and piano-led, tracks 4-6 denser and more experimental and electronic-oriented, while the closing trio are “epic”/cinematic pieces with large orchestral ensembles.
“(It’s) a departure from the electronica-tinged post-rock I am known for towards something more akin to the sound of modern cinema”… essentially a film score without a film,” he says.