Following up their recently-released single Until We Meet Again, Dead Can Dance vocalist, award-winning composer and true music icon Lisa Gerrard and composer Marcello De Francisci have released the second track from their forthcoming Exaudia LP, entitled When The Light of Morning Comes.
By Shauna McLarnon
Capturing the broad and ethereal majesty of their work together, When The Light Of Morning Comes highlights the rich and soaring tone of what we can expect from their upcoming full-length.
Accompanied by a euphoric and cinematic new video, which adds powerful imagery to their newest release, they are conveying the bold and orchestral inspiration that has been tethered to their new studio album since its conception. Check it out here:
Exaudia is the term used when a monarch grants a citizen of his kingdom an audience and, as a result, consents to a wish. A fitting title considering how regal this recording is. Workingalongside a team of other musicians including Bahar Shah, Astrid Williamson, Daniela Arbizzi and Farhad Behroozi, Exaudia combines the encompassing and euphoric textures of De Francisci’s production with Gerrard’s evocative and haunting vocals. A feminine embodiment of poetic expression, the record plays majestically with this narrative, inviting a rich and vivid texture within each offering.
“I met Marcello while I was composing for a film called Kings. He had wonderful engineering skills and I liked him as a person. After a while, we decided to try composing together and went on to compose some film scores. This work was borne out of a desire to write something together during Covid, there is also the artistic desire to embrace the opportunity to unlock our unfulfilled visions. The album is very physical in its construction and sensibility, it is a deeply sensual work that enjoys a sense of empowered subtlety,” says Lisa Gerrard.
Lisa Gerrard has established herself as one of the world’s most highly acclaimed film composers, winning a Golden Globe for her work on the score for Gladiator with Hans Zimmer. Her film work also includes Whale Rider, which received an Academy Award nomination, and Balibo, which won the Screen Music Award for Best Feature Film Score. In 2018, she received a Grammy nomination for Hiraeth, alongside David Kuckhermann, and went on to become a featured vocalist on the score for Dune before returning to Dead Can Dance to release Dionysus and tour in 2022. Gerrard also performs as part of the Gladiator Live concerts and The World of Hans Zimmer tours.
About Until We Meet Again, Marcello De Francisci says, “This piece is very much a story that depicts longing, distance between two people, it is an invitation to heal and a message of hope… We collaborated remotely on Exaudia during the holidays between Melbourne and Los Angeles as I recall, importing Lisa Gerrard’s vocals onto my session, which her engineer Simon Bowley had sent over on the night of New Year 2021. Whatever plans I had to celebrate that evening were completely obliterated upon witnessing the emotional impact Lisa’s performance had on me. The overall track in general, as a result, was instantly addictive and therefore, I proceeded to work alone in the studio until dawn”.
De Francisci began his career as a visual artist while attending fine arts at an institution founded by the famed Baroque painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo in Seville, Spain. He furthered his education at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. In 2006, he won the Best Soundtrack of the Year G.A.N.G. Award for his work on Sony Computer Entertainment’s God of War game. He soon partnered with Lisa Gerrard, launching their trajectory of collaborating and co-writing motion picture soundtrack scores together.
You may pre-order Exaudia here: https://orcd.co/exaudia.