Astralwerks has released Solomon Grey - Selected Works including music from The Casual Vacancy. The Casual Vacancy, a BBC/HBO mini-series, features original music from London-based music group Solomon Grey (Tom Kingston and Joe Wilson).
"Jonny Campbell [Director] was interested in using one artist and their songs for the entire series," said Wilson. In addition to writing the original score, the duo both wrote original songs and licensed in tracks from their catalog for the production. "We spent months writing and recording before we saw one frame of footage."
Solomon Grey was hired to not only provide original songs, but original score for The Casual Vacancy for BBC/HBO. The mini-series follows the citizens of the small British town of Pagford who fight for the spot on the parish council after Barry Fairbrother dies, in an absorbing examination of modern British society.
To capture the atmosphere of Pagford, Solomon Grey went on location where they were shooting the series and recorded the sounds of the town. "We found the score writing quite freeingbecause the canvas was so broadwe could throw any ideas around and anything goes," explained Kingston. "When it comes to more detailed decisions about sound and atmosphere it is more like producing a pop song."
"Interwoven within the score are elements from our own tracks, as a band/artist," Wilson described. "There are several strings and synth parts adapted to work within the score as well as some of our commercial tracks."
"We took a lot from watching films like Her where Arcade Fire had used both their own music and composed music to really fill the world within the piece," said Kingston. "We wanted to create every musical element within the world of The Casual Vacancy and with the exception a few source tracks playing on a radio, we did that. This included rearranging the classic pieces for the big band to perform at Howard's birthday bash, the music on Sukhvinder's headphones and the music you hear in the background through bedroom walls and shop windows. It meant a lot more work for us, but it was worth it. We hope it gives the whole piece a feel that adds to its authenticity."