For the first half of the twentieth century, Ellis Island stood as the gateway to America. For some twelve million people, it was their first encounter with the land they hoped to call home.
Directed by acclaimed artist JR, ELLIS tells the story of one such migrant. Starring Robert De Niro, the film winds its way through the crumbling hallways of the abandoned Ellis Island hospital complex, now home to JR’s Unframed art installation. It’s a place that reverberates with the hopes and fears of those who passed through it, the echoes especially resonant today.
Entwined with the narrative is a score composed by Woodkid, performed and co-written by Nils Frahm. The delicate piano motifs of Winter Morning I culminate in a crescendo of strings, while the harmonium swells on the B-side are the foundation for De Niro’s narration: an encomium for those who shaped modern America.
There’s perhaps never been a more fitting time for this story, with all the proceeds going to the Sea Watch initiative, a non-profit charity dedicated to the protection and rescue of civilian refugees.
Following a screening as part of Nils’s Barbican Weekender, the ELLIS score will be out July 8th, the same week as America’s great federal holiday. It will be available as a mini album on CD, vinyl and in digital format containing a 12-page picture booklet via Erased Tapes. [Press release]
Artist: Woodkid & Nils Frahm
Title of EP: Ellis
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Label: Erased Tapes
01 Winter Morning I
02 Winter Morning II
More ‘Woodkid’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Feb 05 – Debut Album: The Golden Age / New Single ‘I Love You’
2012, May 22– New Single: Woodkid – Run Boy Run [Official HD Video]
2012, Mar 13 − Lana Del Rey – Born To Die [Woodkid & The Shoes Remix]
2011, Nov 08 − Baltimore’s Fireflies
More ‘Nils Frahm’ on Music Pickings:
2015, April 02 – New Album: Solo (2015/05/29) [Free Download] / Track ‘Wall’
2014, Dec 08 – New Official Video: Hammer
2013, Nov 05 – New Album: Spaces (2013/11/18) / New Song ‘Says’