Following the release of his single Need To Know in May, composer BK Pepper has just released his second single and video Island from his upcoming 4 track EP From An Empty Castle. Filmed in the picturesque setting of 16th Century Rathfarnham Castle in South Dublin, BK enlisted Antimo Puca and Hector Romero on film direction, with strings performed by the magical Glasshouse with minimalist composer Gareth Quinn Redmond.
Speaking about the project, BK said: “We haven’t had the opportunity to perform the album live at all since its release. When you record something and release it, it’s time-stamped, no going back to change it. Music is a living thing that develops and changes when you perform it. So, it was great to record live versions in beautiful surroundings and acoustics. We had access to the whole castle so filmed in different rooms for different tracks, and this all added to the dynamic of the performance. The castle’s squeaky floor also makes an appearance which adds to it too.”
The classically trained trombonist and pianist’s new single is a warm, uplifting piece that overflows with soaring strings, sweet piano sounds, subtle electronics and gentle taps of percussion. This rich arrangement has an engaging tone to it, easily captivating the listener with its instrumental narration of land, sea and wind. An intuitive and progressive composer, BK Pepper’s Island is an elegant and enchanting piece that further cements him as a master of inventive arrangements.
Check out the new single below!