Mercury nominee East India Youth has announced that he will re-release his debut album TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER on October 27th, complete with a 54-minute film score that he wrote for the silent movie ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’.
The film was originally released in 1916, but it was given the new soundtrack last year after organisers from Bestival approached the musician – real name William Doyle – and invited him to write the music for a specially-edited version, which he performed live at the 2013 event.
Doyle himself admits the crowd was modest to put it kindly back then, estimating that there were “about six people” looking on.
However, with us now having less than a month to wait until we find out who will scoop this year’s Mercury Prize, Doyle has revealed a recording of the whole score will be made available as part of the re-release that come on sale two days before the awards ceremony.
“The film is a groundbreaking piece of cinematography, featuring as it does the first underwater sequences in a motion picture ever”, Doyle explained.
“The atmosphere and darkness of the underwater shots were a good fit for my general style, and I’d long been waiting to soundtrack a film so I jumped at the chance.