THREE CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS JOIN THE GROWING ROSTER:
AMELIA WARNER • KIERAN BRUNT • LAUREL HALO
10 DECEMBER 2019 (TORONTO, ON) – Decca Publishing is thrilled to announce the signing of three exceptional artists: award-winning film composer Amelia Warner; singer, songwriter and producer Kieran Brunt; and experimental producer and DJ Laurel Halo. Each of these artists is a leading voice in their field, creating music which is pushing the boundaries of contemporary composition.
Amelia Warner began her music career as a singer, writer and collaborator under the name ‘Slow Moving Millie’. She was widely acclaimed and enjoyed great success as a performer (her voice can be heard on the 2011 John Lewis advert) but became increasingly sought-after as a TV and film composer, releasing her first soundtrack Mum’s List in 2016. Most recently, she penned the score for historical drama Mary Shelley, starring Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth – earning a nomination as Discovery of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards and winning Breakthrough Composer of the Year at the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA).
Kieran Brunt is a London-based singer, songwriter, producer whose music crosses a broad range of genres. He is in demand as a collaborator and has worked with artists including Nils Frahm, Terry Riley, Anna von Hausswolff, Luke Howard and The King’s Singers. He established the electronic duo ‘Strange Boy’ with composer and producer Matt Huxley, and in 2016 he created the 12-strong vocal ensemble ‘Shards’ – the group released their debut album earlier this year. Entitled Find Sound, the recording was praised by DIY Magazine for its “mesmerising soundscape that’s unlike anything you may have heard”.
Michigan-born and Berlin-based artist Laurel Halo completes the trio of new signings to Decca Publishing. Her work ranges from live performance and DJ-ing to composing albums and scores. In 2012 she released her acclaimed debut album Quarantine, a powerful juxtaposition of raw vocals and cold electronics, named ‘Album of the Year’ by Wire magazine. It was followed by three LPs: 2013’s Chance of Rain, 2015’s In Situ and 2017’s Dust (featuring Eli Keszler, Julia Holter, Lafawndah and Klein). Halo’s body of work also includes Still Be Here, a collaborative installation piece starring the Japanese virtual popstar Hatsune Miku, and the score to 2018 documentary Possessed, directed by the Dutch design group Metahaven. Her latest project is the mini-LP Raw Silk Uncut Wood, which is a classically-inspired collection of instrumental tracks.
Natasha Baldwin, EVP, Head of Decca Publishing, says of the triple signing: “Each of these artists is blazing a trail in film, choral and electronic music. At Decca Publishing we embrace and support creative risk takers and artists who challenge expectations and so it is with genuine excitement and energy that we approach our new partnerships with Amelia, Kieran and Laurel, three exceptional and unique composers.”
Danielle Wade, Creative Director of Decca Publishing, adds, “It’s a pleasure to welcome three new artists to the Decca Publishing roster – further cementing our commitment to innovative composers who defy traditional genre lanes.”
These three new artist signings showcase the growing breadth of Decca Publishing’s roster, as it aims to become the premier home for the world’s most innovative composers.
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About Amelia Warner:
Born in Merseyside in 1982, Amelia Warner first made a name for herself as an actor. During downtime on set, Warner would compose music and write songs, a passion that had been there since childhood. Using the name ‘Slow Moving Millie’ (a playful nickname from friends who wanted her to pursue her musical talents), Warner began to compose and perform. One of her works, ‘Rewind City’, received much media attention after it was used in an Orange advert and her rendition of The Smiths’ ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ was chosen for the 2011 John Lewis Christmas advert. Her first EP, Arms, reached No.1 in the iTunes classical chart, as did her second EP, Visitors, which featured seven original works, each based on a fictional female character. Warner’s first film project was scoring the British short, Mam, which won several awards. It was followed in 2016 by her first feature-length movie, Mum’s List, and a year later, historical drama Mary Shelley.
About Kieran Brunt:
Singer, songwriter and producer Kieran Brunt is becoming one of the most sought-after collaborators in his field. He first discovered music through singing in his school choir and playing in bands and busking as a teenager. He went on to study music at St John’s College, Cambridge, and later began working with artists including Terry Riley, Anna von Hausswolff, Mind Against, Michael Price, Luke Howard, The King’s Singers and Nils Frahm, who enlisted him to collaborate on the choral arrangements for his 2018 album All Melody. In 2016 Brunt formed the London-based vocal group ‘Shards’ for his first live collaborations with Frahm and in 2019 the choir released their debut album Find Sound on the Erased Tapes label, featuring all-new compositions by Brunt. He also writes and performs in the electronic duo ‘Strange Boy’ with composer and producer Matt Huxley.
About Laurel Halo:
Heavy, mutilated strains of electronic music are at the core of Laurel Halo’s work, which ranges from live performance and DJing, to composing albums and scores. The Michigan-born and Berlin-based artist has been a mainstay of the London-based label Hyperdub, which released her debut album Quarantine in 2012 – it received critical acclaim and was named Wire magazine ‘Album of the Year’. Halo went on to release two instrumental long players – Chance of Rain (2013) and In Situ (2015) – both developed from her live sets during those years. Throughout 2015 she composed the soundtrack for Still Be Here, a collaborative installation piece starring the Japanese virtual popstar, Hatsune Miku. The piece debuted in 2016 at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Barbican in London in 2017. Her most recent LP, 2017’s Dust, combined the hardware machine funk aesthetics of previous releases with loose, languid songwriting and featured a number of collaborators including Eli Keszler, Julia Holter, Lafawndah and Klein. Halo has also composed the score to the 2018 feature-length experimental documentary Possessed, directed by the Dutch design group Metahaven. Her next release is the mini-LP Raw Silk Uncut Wood, a collection of classically-inspired instrumentals, featuring percussion work by regular collaborator Eli Keszler and cellist Oliver Coates.
About Decca Publishing:
Founded in 2017, Decca Publishing is a publishing company inside Universal Music Group (UMG) focusing on post-classical, electronic and film score composers and catalogues. It is home to some of the world’s most innovative composers including Max Richter, Will Gregory, Clark, Alex Somers and Actress. Decca Publishing is administered by Universal Music Publishing and is uniquely placed as a boutique publishing company within a major music-based entertainment group to support, shape and amplify the global message of each composer. Decca Publishing is committed to supporting talent whose output challenges genre boundaries and speaks to new and broader audiences.