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The Proposal

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    Release date: 11 June 2021 

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    Duration: 39:42 

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    Tracklist: 
    01 Dearest Frederica 
    02 Grass Horns I 
    03 Manufacture 
    04 Copyright Implications 
    05 Void Room and Reliquary 
    06 St Gallen 
    07 Word Guitar 
    08 The Jeweler 
    09 Poised 
    10 Architecture of Noise 
    11 The Nun with a Chipped Tooth 
    12 As Ever 
    13 Grass Horns II

     

     

    The Proposal is the original score by composer T. Griffin for the acclaimed feature-length artworld documentary by multi-disciplinary artist Jill Magid. This genre-defying film (the concluding work in Magid’s larger art project The Barragán Archives) explores the contested legacy of the Mexican architect Luis Barragán, raising questions of intellectual property, patrimony, and privatisation through the lens of an idiosyncratic personal journey—and as an art intervention in its own right. Griffin wrote, performed and recorded this evocative soundtrack with an understated but wide-ranging electro-acoustic sensibility, deftly complimenting the film’s enigmatic narrative, the tensions of Magid’s personalized investigations, and the discreet beauty of Barragán’s architectural spaces, which are documented in slow-moving visual sequences throughout the movie.

    Guitars, horns, upright bass and acoustic percussion combine with electronics, sampling and ambient treatments for an ever-shifting suite of musical vignettes across the thirteen tracks of The Proposal. Guest players include Matana Roberts, Reut Regev, Jim White (Xylouris White, The Dirty Three), Jason Ajemian (Helado Negro), and Sophie Trudeau and Timothy Herzog (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) – alongside Griffin’s own contributions on fretless banjo, guitar, percussion, keyboards, field recordings and production. Griffin weaves an iridescent musical tapestry that threads various genres while maintaining a strong thematic and atmospheric coherence, echoing the dynamic narrative of Magid's contemplative, provocative, cerebral journey in the movie. The Proposal is a sublime sonic complement to a unique docu-dramatic art film that also stands firmly on its own as a subtly haunted, richly meditative album.

    Griffin has over 50 feature-length film and television scores to his name (alongside numerous solo, group and collaborative music albums), with a particular affinity for documentaries, including the Tribeca Festival and Cinema Eye award-winning A Walk Into The Sea, the Oscar-nominated Life, Animated and most recently the Sundance, SXSW and Critic’s Choice winner Boys State. Griffin was also a core member of the Vic Chesnutt band for North Star Deserter and At The Cut, the two albums Chesnutt released on Constellation in the late-2000s, and was a musical director for filmmaker Jem Cohen’s multi-media work Empires Of Tin (co-released by Constellation and The Viennale in 2009) featuring Chesnutt and members of Hangedup and Silver Mt. Zion.

    Constellation is thrilled to present this acclaimed composer’s work in tandem with the artwork of Jill Magid. An exquisite limited hand-numbered deluxe vinyl edition features a window-cut artboard jacket that serves as a frame for eight different images from Magid’s The Barragán Archives project, printed on four 12”x12” art card inserts including an artworked inner sleeve.

     

    TRACKLIST

    01 Dearest Frederica
    02 Grass Horns I
    03 Manufacture
    04 Copyright Implications
    05 Void Room and Reliquary
    06 St Gallen
    07 Word Guitar
    08 The Jeweler
    09 Poised
    10 Architecture of Noise
    11 The Nun with a Chipped Tooth
    12 As Ever
    13 Grass Horns II

     

    PACKAGING NOTES

    Ring photo on album cover by Stefan Jaeggi, courtesy of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen.

    Full deluxe packaging to be revealed in Spring 2021.

    The Proposal O.S.T. will be issued in a limited hand-numbered vinyl edition of 500 copies, pressed on 180gram audiophile LP at Optimal (Germany). The album packaging features a custom die-cut jacket made from cobalt blue fine art cardstock with white foil-stamped titles, a printed inner sleeve, and three additional double-sided 12”x12” archival pigment print art cards featuring reproductions from conceptual artist Jill Magid’s installation work around The Proposal project and stills from the accompanying full-length documentary film. The outer jacket is window-cut to allow alternate framing of the various art cards. The iconic front cover image replicates Magid’s gallery installation view of the ring forged from a trace of Mexican architect Luis Barragán’s ashes – her artworld intervention, with the consent of Barragán’s family and estate, to challenge the privatization of his artistic archive, which was sold to a Swiss billionaire and gifted to the magnate’s wife as ‘an engagement present’.

    The Proposal O.S.T. will also be issued on CD in a custom mini-gatefold cardstock jacket.

     

    CREDITS

    Alto Saxophone: Matana Roberts
    Trombone: Reut Regev
    Bass: Jason Ajemian
    Drums: Jim White

    Samplers, Banjo, Guitars, Percussion, Keyboards, Field Recordings and Voice: T. Griffin

    Recorded in a living room in Long Island. Engineered by T. Griffin and Brian Crimmons


    GUESTS

    Violin, Whistling: Sophie Trudeau
    Drums: Timothy Herzog ("As Ever"), Ryan Rummery (“An Architecture of Noise”)
    Guitar: Sebastian Cruz (“Word Guitar”)

    Drums and Violin for “As Ever” and “The Nun with a Chipped Tooth” recorded by Sophie and Tim in Montreal.

    Drums on “An Architecture of Noise” recorded by Ryan Rummery in Brooklyn.

    All other recording, mixing and processing at Shiny Little Studios, Brooklyn, NY by T. Griffin, with additional mixing by Dashel Hammerstein

    Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal