Listen to this track by Hamilton based and cinematically monikered pop-psych collective led by one Bill Majoros, The Foreign Films. It’s “Empire Of Night”, a key track as taken from the third side of the upcoming full length album, The Record Collector, due in early 2016.
Majoros’ interest in a wide spectrum of pop music is well documented with his work under The Foreign Films banner. This was initially apparent with 2007’s double album Distant Star. It continued to develop in the ensuing years, with various singles and EPs that revealed a love of all kinds of pop music that certainly included British psych and sixties guitar music. But, it also included girl group pop and classic soul music too. The key to Majoros’ success has always been about translating a passion and enthusiasm for these strains of music into something integrated and new.
Working with a number of musicians, including singer-songwriter Kori Pop who is featured in lead vocal spots through out, Majoros describes himself as being akin to a musical mad scientist, with the creation of the new record being less about simply getting the songs down on tape, and more like that of musical alchemic process, mixing elements together as contributed by everyone he works with and awaiting the x-factor for each song for them to become what they need to be. Read more
Listen to these tracks from Hamiltonian art-rock concern The Foreign Films, as led by one multi-instrumentally inclined Bill Majoros. It’s the double A-side “Night Without The Day/Glitter”,
The new songs provide something of a taster to the upcoming album, serving as the next chapter leading up to the act’s upcoming full-length LP to be released in 2012. This is rock music on a grand, cinematic scale, yet with the intimate feel of musicians creating sounds in collaboration, balancing rock, orchestral pop, Beatles-esque psych, all the while using warm cellos and strings, bolstered with subtle electronic ornamentation.
Majoros ramps up some darker textures on these tracks when compared to the Fire From Spark EP released at the tail end of last year. I spoke with Bill Majoros in an interview with the Foreign Films around that time, and he is still concerned with telling stories in his own way through his work, with the help of talented guest musicians and friends on the extremely fertile Hamilton music scene. This time, the stories are moodier, with starker images, and a bit darker all around than before on these two songs.
This darker territory certainly isn’t a reflection of where he’s at personally or professionally, with growing interest in his work in the UK and in Europe becoming something to note. His White Album-esque song “Lucky Streak“, among others, appears on NME.com in video form, with all kinds of potential to reach an audience hungry for new sounds. This is appropriate, given how much of the music coming out of Britain, particularly ’60s British Invasion guitar rock and psych, has helped to shape what Majoros is doing in the 2010s.
The advantage Bill has with the band is that it can take whatever form he wants it to take, being its principle creative mover. Yet, he is open to seeing where the process takes the music, with plenty of input, as always, from guest musicians. To this idea of an evolving sound for the Foreign Films, specifically on these songs, Bill’s said:
“We’ve been pushing ourselves a little further, and it seems that the songs are coming out edgier. It’s been an exciting process. We might have another double A-side before the record, and we’re working on the details right now.”
This slow trickle of releases has helped Bill drive himself forward, excited about what’s coming out of the sessions.
” We wanted to find the magic in every performance,” he says. “No experimentation was frowned upon. No concept was inconsequential. We didn’t stop until every piece of our imaginative puzzle was complete.”
But, when’s the album coming out?
“I’m hoping late Spring, but I’ve still got about five more songs to complete, so it will depend on creative process a bit. Saying that, things have been going very, very well lately. ”