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Thursday 08 October 2020

We Come From The Sun: Groundbreaking Poem Songs From The Pen Of Cerys Matthews

In February 2020 Abbey Road studios welcomed ten poets to record pieces from their collections. Then lock down hit….

But remotely and with the additional help of field recordists and musicians around the world, Cerys Matthews and Joe Acheson (Hidden Orchestra) created a sound journey for the poems with the theme of: Genesis: Birth, heritage, a journey about to begin.

Cerys Matthews said:

"We are living in extraordinary times, I wanted to respond but had the urge to offer more than one voice, more than one perspective. Not an echo chamber"

The album, We Come From The Sun, (released in January 2021) is composed by Cerys Matthews with Hidden Orchestra and features ten UK poets: MA.MOYO, Raymond Antrobus, Lemn Sissay, Liz Berry, Anthony Anaxagorou, Adam Horovitz, Cia Mangat, Imtiaz Dharker, Kim Moore and Kayo Chingonyi. 


Cerys adds: 

"I've always been in awe of the power of a great turn of phrase; in poems, songs and prose. There are some exceptional poems being added to the world right now.

"So I invited poets whose work I admired and had championed for years to join me in this project. 

"I selected  poems which worked across and with each other to become a journey, an aural adventure.

"I'm hoping it'll be the first in a series of 'poem song' albums on Decca, with life on earth as inspiration. As simple and complex as that.

"The theme for this then, as the first, had to begin at the beginning: Genesis".

The first single 'Flame Lily' is available now. The album 'We Come From The Sun' will be available in January 2021.

by: Mike Cobley




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