Cyrus Reynolds and Bon Iver Member S. Carey Release “Foraker (Live Session)”
Los Angeles based artist and producer, Cyrus Reynolds, has released a live session recording and video of his single “Foraker”. The song features Bon Iver bandmember, S. Carey on vocals and drums. “Foraker” is a sublime recording and performance with lush vocal harmonies that slowly envelop the space (in this case, a living room). Light electronics, a marching snare, beautifully played harp and piano lift this song to a truly inspiring place. It’s hard to believe that this was recorded in a living room. Do we even need studios anymore?
Cyrus Reynolds is a classically trained composer (Royal Academy of Music) turned electronic sound designer (Output, Kanye). He draws upon his deep understanding of harmony and counterpoint as well as his experience crafting textures and electronic sounds to create his wonderful song-scapes.
Speaking about the track Cyrus explains:
”Foraker, at its heart, is a love letter to my wife, harpist Lara Somogyi, and set in the Denali region of Alaska through the eyes of a wayward traveler. There’s this deep connection with the heart of the glacier (Foraker) and the outdoors and he keeps coming back to this same place to look for something that’s actually inside himself. It’s a harkening back to why I write music, and a new sort of authenticity for me. Before I was writing, I was manipulating all of these live string sounds for Output, and crushing them until they hissed like a wind and knocked and scratched like low hanging branches. I started using these sweeping 808s that hit you in the gut like a mile of ice is cracking beneath your feet and slow melodic synths that boomed from the distance like foghorns. Once I had the initial sound design recorded, I had a world that inspired me to write these heartfelt lyrics to Lara and everything suddenly was coming out into the open and all of these emotions and layers I didn’t know were there. Those are really precious and sought after moments in songwriting for me. When everything just clicks and you can get straight the emotion and feeling.”
On S. Carey’s involvement Cyrus said:
”S. Carey came on to the song through a mutual friend I’ve written a couple of orchestral songs with, Ivan Howard, who knew Sean through Bon Iver. Once we spoke about the project, he recorded the vocals and it immediately had all of this vibe and character; introspection and the kind of joy you want to shout off a cliff. It was our first time meeting and working together, but I know Sean must have really connected with the message – because he really just got the song in every way. The song had a place and a heart, and then S. Carey came in and gave it a pulse and a new life.”
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