British composer Harry Escott and beguiling singer-songwriter PJ Harvey recently collaborated on the track, “An Acre of Land,” the theme song to the upcoming film Dark River from director Clio Barnard. A new music video was released via the independent label, Cognitive Shift Recordings, and features clips from the upcoming movie.
The film will feature an original score arranged by Escott, who proclaimed that recording Harvey’s vocals was “a spine-tingling experience.” He first rose to prominance in 2005 with the soundtrack to the psychological horror film, Hard Candy, and had worked with such directors as Eran Creevy (Shifty and Welcome To The Punch), Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart, The Road To Guantanamo, and Face Of An Angel) Nick Broomfield (Ghosts), and Steve McQueen (Shame).
And this will not be the first time working with Barnard either, having previously collaborated on the multi-award winning film The Arbor (2010) and The Selfish Giant (2013), a contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story. According to Escott, Barnard’s latest work, Dark River is “a film that leaves me wanting to take more care of those around me, which is a good thing for a film to leave you with!”
This is not PJ Harvey’s first time on screen either. The British singer-songwriter/poet/composer has contributed original music to the soundtrack for Mark Cousins’ film, What’s This Film Called Love?, the hit BBC television series Peaky Blinders starring Cillian Murphy, as well as drama and theatre score collaborations. Her latest album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, was released in 2016 and hit No. 1 on the UK charts.
The film premiered at the 2017 London Film Festival last October and will be released to the general public later this month.
WATCH: PJ HARVEY + HARRY ESCOTT – “AN ACRE OF LAND”