- 23 Jun 21
'Island' will be released on June 24th ahead of BK Pepper's 'From An Empty Castle' EP on July 16th.
Following the release of his lauded debut album Territories last year, BK Pepper has returned with news of a new EP - recorded live in Rathfarnham Castle in Dublin.
Following on from last month's track 'Need To Know', Hot Press are delighted to premiere the second offering from the classical composer's live project, the beautiful 'Island'.
The 4-song From An Empty Castle EP will arrive on July 16th, while the official release date for 'Island' is tomorrow, June 24th. 'Island' incorporates the warmth and atmospheric prowess which BK Pepper is capable of, utilising an array of instruments and electronic elements for a mesmerising sonic experience.
The accompanying film was directed by Antimo Puca and Hector Romero, with strings are performed by Glasshouse along with acclaimed musician Gareth Quinn Redmond.
About the forthcoming project, Pepper says, “I grew up in this area of Dublin and my parents still live around the corner from the castle. So I have a strong connection to the castle and the area. I would pass it 3 or 4 times a day growing up so filming a performance here has been really special."
"We haven't had the opportunity to perform the album live at all since its release," the Irish creative adds. "When you record something and release it, it's time stamped, no going back to change it. Music is a living thing that develops and changes when you perform it. So it was great to record live versions in beautiful surroundings and acoustics. We had access to the whole castle so filmed in different rooms for different tracks and this all added to the dynamic of the performance. The castle's squeaky floor also makes an appearance which adds to it too.”
The Dublin-based composer recorded debut album Territories in a number of locations, from Abbey Road to a converted swimming pool and the hard graft paid off with critical and commercial acclaim.
"There is a compassion in Pepper’s music that emanates from each note, with even the more elaborate electronic sounds and string additions never threatening to overpower the overall track," Hot Press wrote of Territories upon its release. "Layer upon layer of atmosphere bleeds across this stunning album, but Pepper allows the audience to insert their own emotions into each song. The impact of the composer’s knack for understanding the music in cinema creates a collection of tracks that would elevate any film into another realm when used at the right moment."
Classically trained on piano and trombone, BK Pepper’s musical projects include composing for film and theatre as well as touring with both orchestras and rock bands. After many years performing and releasing collaboratively, BK finally released his own collection of songs.
Pre-save BK Pepper's From An Empty Castle EP on Bandcamp here.
Watch the beautiful performance video for 'Island' below: