05 novembre 2012



In distribuzione finora soltanto nei luoghi visitati dal loro ultimo giro di concerti, per non anticiparne troppo l'esperienza e i contenuti, esce oggi ufficialmente Songs from the Shipyards, terzo volume per The Unthanks nella serie Diversions dedicata a documentare vari progetti tematici a margine del normale repertorio. Contiene parte delle musiche e delle canzoni composte per accompagnare dal vivo la proiezione dell'omonimo film di Richard Fenwick dedicato alla storia dei cantieri navali in Gran Bretagna. C'è ovviamente anche Shipbuilding, il classico di Elvis Costello e Clive Langer reso immortale da Robert Wyatt.

Diversions Vol. 3 contains the music created by The Unthanks for the Tyneside Cinema commissioned film of the same name, Songs from the Shipyards - a beautiful and moving film, tracing the story of shipbuilding. Made by internationally acclaimed North-East filmmaker Richard Fenwick, Songs from the Shipyards is made from archive footage from the past 100 years, and illustrates in microcosm the highs and lows of Britain’s industrial journey. Fenwick and The Unthanks collaborated on the film from the start of the creative process, devising a strong political and human narrative to the story, and creating a unique, powerful, live audio-visual event, in which The Unthanks would perform a live soundtrack to the film.
Diversions Vol. 3 is a studio album that documents a non-sequential ‘best of’ the live soundtrack. It is part of a series of side-project releases for The Unthanks, all three of which have been released inside a prolific 12 month period. Vol. 2, released this summer, charted their collaboration with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, while Vol. 1 featured an exploration of the music of Robert Wyatt and Antony & the Johnsons. On that project, The Unthanks resisted the temptation to tackle Shipbuilding, which was written for Wyatt, knowing that the Shipyards project was just around the corner! The Elvis Costello/Clive Langer classic features on Vol. 3.

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