(January 17, 2014 – Culver City, CA) Sparks & Shadows, the boutique record label founded by composer Bear McCreary, announces the release of the BLACK SAILS – A Starz Original Series Soundtrack digitally and on CD on January 28. The soundtrack features original music by Emmy® Award winning composer Bear McCreary. The series teams marks the 2nd collaboration between McCreary and series Executive Producer/Co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg. Though the two worked closely on a grand orchestral score for Human Target, McCreary and Steinberg both knew a similar approach wasn’t going to be right for BLACK SAILS. “While I have worked with Bear before building big, thematic orchestral scores, this show needed something almost exactly the opposite,” said Steinberg. “Stripped down. Gritty. A sound and a musical language that would be the last thing you’d expect to hear in a pirate movie, yet something that could still convey the raw human emotion of the story we wanted to tell. And Bear found it.”
From rural Georgia to a Battlestar, from the Italian Renaissance to a post-apocalyptic St. Louis, McCreary’s projects have taken us on many voyages. This latest journey takes us to 1715. The Golden Age of Piracy. New Providence Island is a lawless territory, controlled by history’s most notorious pirate captains. The most feared is Captain Flint. As the British Navy returns to redeem their land and exterminate Flint and his crew, another side of him emerges. Captain Flint aligns himself with Eleanor Guthrie, daughter of the local kingpin, to hunt the ultimate prize and ensure their survival. Many opponents stand in their way: rival captains, jealous of Flint’s power; Eleanor’s ambitious and intrusive father; and a young sailor recently recruited onto Flint’s crew, John Silver, who constantly undermines his captain’s agenda.
“For the instrumentation of BLACK SAILS,” said McCreary, “I wanted to focus primarily on historically accurate sounds. In place of soaring strings and ripping brass, I brought in a string quartet, rhythm guitar trio, percussion duo and various historical solo instruments. Most of this merry band had worked with me for the better part of a decade, and they too had to unlearn our old habits. For the first time, I dropped my ruthless pursuit of rhythmic perfection and intonation precision and asked them not to play ‘too perfectly.’” McCreary would also choose two instruments from his own repertoire – the accordion and the hurdy gurdy. “For the first time in my career, I suddenly found myself a primary soloist in my own music, which was great fun because I always love the opportunity to play and perform.” he said.
How does McCreary describe the score? Simply, “Raw. Filthy. Salty.” BLACK SAILS Premieres on STARZ on January 25th at 9PM ET/PT
Sparks & Shadows presents the BLACK SAILS – A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK, available digitally and on CD on January 28, 2014. The first 360 people who purchase the CD through http://www.lalalandrecords.com will receive their copy autographed by the composer.
Other releases from Sparks & Shadows include McCreary’s soundtracks for the series Da Vinci’s Demons (featuring the Emmy® Award-winning title theme), Defiance, as well as motion picture soundtracks for Europa Report and the upcoming film Knights of Badassdom, due to be released in select theaters and VOD in February.