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On The Nature Of Daylight – Music From The Film 'Arrival' (LP)




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‘Arrival’ premiered at the Venice Film Festival and has received widespread rave reviews. It stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, with Adams playing the lead role of a linguist who attempts to communicate with aliens that ominously appear at sites across the globe. As mankind teeters on the brink of global war, she and her team embark on a race against time to peacefully find out why they’ve arrived. More than a conventional sci-fi thriller, this is a thoughtful, intellectual drama with a genre twist. ‘On The Nature Of Daylight’ was originally featured on Max’s landmark album ‘The Blue Notebooks’, which with its strong anti-war sentiment gels perfectly with the pro-unity theme in ‘Arrival’.

“When I wrote ‘On The Nature Of Daylight’ in 2003 I conceived it as the opening of my upcoming record, ‘The Blue Notebooks’. At that time (as now) I was troubled by the political and humanitarian circumstances of the Iraq war and, like most of us, felt powerless to do anything; ‘The Blue Notebooks’ was a protest record. ‘On The Nature Of Daylight’ is also a reflection on my own childhood, and that fantasy space that children sometimes retreat into – an alternate reality of safety, quiet and sanity. I never imagined that the piece would have a life outside this context: It was so personal. However, since life is very strange, the music took off in all sorts of unforeseen directions. Choreographers and film makers especially have connected to the work’s emotio­nality, and so its second life began. When I was contacted by the makers of ‘Arrival’, I was initially cautious. Having allowed the work to be used in two outstandingly powerful films, Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’, and Henry Alex Rubin’s ‘Disconnect’, I was doubtful about granting another use. But Denis Villeneuve called me and described the integral nature of ‘On The Nature Of Daylight’ to the architecture of ‘Arrival’ – it starts and ends the film – and, as he described the film I was drawn into his powerful world. So, in the end it was an easy decision.” Max Richter

The ‘On The Nature Of Daylight’ 12” includes both versions of the music; the original quintet recording, and the later recording for full string orchestra.

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February 17th, 2017
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