A 5-track EP ‘From My House To Your House’, in aid of Scottish and Italian charities, has been released by The Alien Cormorant & Cecilia Miradoli.
The lockdown collaboration between Dundee-based musician Alan Cormack and Italian singer-songwriter Cecilia Miradoli, will see all proceeds from online sales be donated to the charities Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano and Dundee Foodbank.
Cormack, part of Spare Snare as well as Muppet Mule, teamed up with the Milan-based vocalist (singer with Italian act Pinhdar), using email to share their experiences of living in lockdown in their respective home cities.
Those discussions led to the swapping of music ideas recorded in their own home studios and being assembled into ‘From My House To Your House’, the title inspired by graffiti spotted by Miradoli in Milan.
Miradoli, who was previously lead singer of the rock band Nomoredolls, says of the collaboration: “Space contracts while our minds expand, creating images and sounds and it’s even freer to invent than before. My darker side arises, speaking of solitude and melancholic despair, mixing in fear but not without a light of hope.
“Writing lyrics while you hear ambulances running outside, or to compose a melody while the only portion of blue sky you’re allowed to see is the one through the buildings outside of your window, describes the mood I was in while working on The Alien Cormorant’s music. Music that came to me from a different country, a different house… living the same dramatic historic moment”.
Cormack – who outwith his rock bands has composed soundtracks for numerous films as well as BAFTA-nominated video games, adds: “Although these strange times have put restrictions on what we class as a normal way of life, there is also a lot more time to contemplate and be creative.
“This collaboration has sound-tracked my life for the last month and it has brought me much comfort and hope for the future. I hope the listener can experience this too”.
The EP can be purchased via Bandcamp.