France’s PREQUELL is a Haute Couture protégé who has created music for prestigious brands such as Chanel, Dior, Kenzo, Michael Kors and Nike as well as composed, orchestrated and arranged for electronic music icon Jeff Mills. Signed to UMF/Pantheon Musique (home to Møme and Fred Falke), he will release his debut album THE FUTURE COMES BEFORE on September 29. The first single “Part XIV” Feat. Rae Morris is released today, June 30. The album’s pre-order begins July 7.
Somewhere between classical and electronic, cinematic symphony and electro anthems, beautiful orchestrations and modernity, PREQUELL‘s THE FUTURE COMES BEFORE is a blend of remarkable instrumental tracks and rich young interpreters’ voices such as Rae Morris, Claire Laffut, Fyfe, Shy Girls and Cruel Youth, embracing his pop music ambition. Says PREQUELL, “I imagined ‘Part XIV’ as a powerful pop duet between the London Symphony Orchestra and the singer Rae Morris. This track as a kind of British accent. Rae has this magical voice (which reminds me of Björk) and she has found some very mysterious colors in her voice and melodies.”
PREQUELL–who is Thomas Roussel–recorded his debut album in the legendary Abbey Road Studio One with two of the greatest world symphonic orchestras: the London Symphonic Orchestra (Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Beatles) and Isobel Griffith’s orchestra (Adele, Massive Attack, Hans Zimmer). He enlisted a five-star ***** star cast of players and contributors including drummer Ben Thompson (Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix); Stéphane Reichart (Alexandre Desplat, Woodkid) who was in charge of recording and engineering the two great orchestras with the finest precision; and for mixing purposes, multi-GRAMMY Award winner Steve Fitzmaurice (Depeche Mode, U2, Sam Smith).
The album sees actual sounds from space woven in: a NASA probe entering the magnetosphere of Jupiter (« Part XV »), gravitational waves emitted by two merging black holes (« Part XIII ») and the standing wave tone of Planet Earth (« Part IV »).“Part V” is featured in Mugler‘s new worldwide fragrance campaign for Aura. Says PREQUELL: “‘Part V’ opens with a short strings explosion. As it’s the very first track that I did as Prequell, I wanted this intro to contains all the Prequell‘s harmonic DNA, like in the Big Bang theory.” He adds: “Then, the idea of the track is a duet between metal (anvil sounds) and wood (drums), a very organic battle, harmonized by beautiful strings, and a deep and powerful beat. The very lyric violin melody warms the coldness of the metal.”