Award-Winning Composer & Arranger Christoper Elliott Shares Single “Sunside”
July 25, 2019 BY Nettwerk
Award-winning London based composer & arranger Christopher Elliott has recently released his latest single, the wonderfully dreamy, post-rock-like “Sunside” on Nettwerk Records. Listen below:
“In short, it’s an expression of being in a good place, in the moment,” Elliott explained about the track. “There was little premeditation behind ‘Sunside,’ except that it came to me at a good time and place, when the sun was shining, and the promise of summer was just over the horizon. I wanted it to have a super relaxed, blissed out kind of vibe, which I hoped the summer months were bringing.”
“Sunside” is the second single from Elliott since he signed to Nettwerk. His first, “Stillness,” is an inspirational piece full of emotion, featuring soft, minimalist piano and a sumptuous string arrangement that he’s famed for.
Elliott is currently putting the finishing touches to his debut album release. More news to follow soon.
About Christopher Elliott:
The acclaimed composer & arranger has worked with some of music’s biggest acts. From the late, great Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Adele, Rag‘n’Bone Man to Depeche Mode and U.N.K.L.E. Christopher Elliott’s sonic flourishes and embellishments have traversed genres, eras, and formats – he also found fame in film soundtracks, working on Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! among others. However, after working behind the scenes for over two decades, Elliott is finally stepping out of the shadows, emerging with his sumptuous debut solo music.
Downing his regular compositional tools and dipping his toes in the waters of improvisation and chance, Elliott’s forthcoming solo material soundtracks a particular time and place in his life. “I went into a kind of meditative state that allowed me to just react naturally to what I was actually playing, rather than thinking about it in a tonal way, I just used my ears”, he explains. “The music grew out of seeds of ideas, layered, shaped and developed.”
Film music is also a major touchstone for Elliott, who holds Thomas Newman and Yann Tiersen in high regard. “As a student I thought – there is this wonderful use of the orchestra here, thoroughly not classical, yet with a wonderful atmospheric sensibility.” It was during his three-year tenure studying at Devon’s renowned liberal arts college, Dartington – “surrounded by nature and wildlife” – that Elliott was introduced to contemporary classical composers Arvo Part and Henryk Górecki, as well as the American minimalist school of Steve Reich and John Adams. “These composers all knew about atmosphere in their music” recalls Elliott, “That was the overriding influence for me”.