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Exclusive: Mat McNerney & Kimmo Helén: Silverbirch Mirrorworld

Still from The World is Burning

Still from The World is Burning

We are proud to premier an exclusive track from the forthcoming The World is Burning soundtrack, as composed by Hexvessel‘s Mat McNerney and Kimmo Helén.  The song, entitled “Silverbirch Mirrorworld”, immediately reflects visions of both the stunning pine-forest landscapes of Newfoundland, Canada, and the vast waterways that stretch out in every direction beyond — all imagery that is evoked through a trademark emotive psych-folk sound that Hexvessel has become celebrated for.

From Mat McNerney:

This music was composed for a short film by Justin Oakey, about a young man’s return to rural Newfoundland after tragedy strikes.

I got to know Justin while working on our video collaboration for Hexvessel when he made a film for “I am the Ritual”. We had a lot in common, with our values and views on nature and art and I felt very inspired when working together with him. We talked a lot about ideas for working on longer features and shorts, so when this project came about I was eager to be involved to provide the music for this sensitive and beautiful story.

We did a lot of research on Newfoundland and the traditional folk music of the past and present, spending a few months looking into and listening to libraries of collected works. I was surprised at how much it reminded me of the Celtic music of my Irish upbringing and ancestry and felt an immediate connection to it and an instant ability to relate to the stories. Together, with the multi-talented craftsman Kimmo Helén, we set about creating a soundscape using only traditional instruments that would have been used in Newfoundland folk. We worked to try to open a portal to dream, nostalgia, a deeper yearning for our roots and the joy that comes from finding your place in the universe. We hoped to be able to help tell Justin’s story in as humble and honest a way as we could and to find a musical voice to his character’s inner emotions and journey.

We hope that this soundtrack recording serves as an additional accompaniment to your trips into nature, wherever you are in the world, and that you find peace and enlightenment there. I have never been to Newfoundland, though I hope to some day, but I take comfort in the fact that anywhere I go in this world, it is the nature, forests, fields, mountains, rivers and trees that connect us all and are our true home. Nations and borders are but a modern construct. I don’t need an airplane to travel to that place in my mind where I am truly at peace. This work is dedicated to the wilderness and the wilderness within.

This whole venture was funded by an Indiegogo campaign to get the movie made, for which this soundtrack was a part of. Thanks to everyone who funded the project, for being an active part of it, and for kinship and support!

Preorder:  CD  |  LP

Release Date:  June 27, 2014