The song "Hinterland" by Crestfallen premieres tonight.
The film for which it was written, "Η Νύχτα τ' Αγι' Αντώνη" by Thanasis Skroubelos, will premiere during the 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Nov. 1-11th, 2018).
Hinterland (music for a film)
In May 2017 I was invited by a friend to a trip to Makronisos. Thanasis Skroubelos (author of “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Bella Ciao”, etc.) would play host to a motley group of people visiting the island, on the occasion of filming pick up shots for a film for which he had written the script and would direct himself.
Two months later, I was asked by Mr Skroubelos to compose the music for the film. Having sat inert for months on end, confused and exhausted for grappling with the complex material and huge volume of work required for the second Crestfallen album, I caught this chance like a soft breath of wind. I set out to do it, light of foot and quiet at heart with the prospect of venturing into the unchartered waters of scoring a film for the first time.
By the end of October of the same year my labours had produced merely one song, which – as per the director’s request – should incorporate the melody of an old rembetiko song that played its own role in the film’s narrative.
Soon after, real life and real struggle got in the way and I dropped the job as I had to accept that I simply could not do it. My mind was broken.
This song, however, remains. Its melody is probably the saddest bit of music I’ve written yet, and even though it was actually commissioned to tell the protagonist’s story of torment and woe, a year later I still see my own bent shadow in there clearly. That is why I took the liberty of using it under my own pen name.
The film is a fine example of the Arte Povera movement, in which Thanasis Skroubelos not only penned the script and directed the actors' performances, but even made all the props himself. I would like to thank him dearly for a seat in the boat that took us all to Makronisos and for the opportunity he gave me to delve into his well-crafted work.
Lastly, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude and love to Christine for believing in the best of me at a time when I thought I was spent.
* The song "Hinterland" by Crestfallen will premiere on October 23rd, 2018.
* The film "Η Νύχτα τ' Αγι' Αντώνη" by Thanasis Skroubelos will premiere during the 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Nov. 1-11th, 2018).
'GIANTS' Video Premiere
Crestfallen's new video premieres tonight.
Filmed on location in Tzoumerka, Epirus in October 2016.
Last October, a video was filmed for the song 'GIANTS'.
The premiere is set for December, 4th.