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Deluxe 180gram LP is a hand-numbered art edition of 500, in a window-cut jacket printed Pantone Blue (inside and out) on uncoated acid-free 110lb cover stock, with an artworked inner sleeve on 100lb artboard and a set of four doubled-sided 12"x12" lithograph art cards printed on 100lb Creator Silk artboard, all featuring works from The Barragán Archives and The Proposal by Jill Magid.
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The Proposal is the original score by composer T. Griffin for the acclaimed feature-length artworld documentary by multi-disciplinary artist Jill Magid. This genre-defying film (the concluding work in Magid’s larger art project The Barragán Archives) explores the contested legacy of the Mexican architect Luis Barragán, raising questions of intellectual property, patrimony, and privatisation through the lens of an idiosyncratic personal journey—and as an art intervention in its own right. Griffin wrote, performed and recorded this evocative soundtrack with an understated but wide-ranging electro-acoustic sensibility, deftly complimenting the film’s enigmatic narrative, the tensions of Magid’s personalized investigations, and the discreet beauty of Barragán’s architectural spaces, which are documented in slow-moving visual sequences throughout the movie.
Guitars, horns, upright bass and acoustic percussion combine with electronics, sampling and ambient treatments for an ever-shifting suite of musical vignettes across the thirteen tracks of The Proposal. Guest players include Matana Roberts, Reut Regev, Jim White (Xylouris White, The Dirty Three), Jason Ajemian (Helado Negro), and Sophie Trudeau and Timothy Herzog (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) – alongside Griffin’s own contributions on fretless banjo, guitar, percussion, keyboards, field recordings and production. Griffin weaves an iridescent musical tapestry that threads various genres while maintaining a strong thematic and atmospheric coherence, echoing the dynamic narrative of Magid's contemplative, provocative, cerebral journey in the movie. The Proposal is a sublime sonic complement to a unique docu-dramatic art film that also stands firmly on its own as a subtly haunted, richly meditative album.
Griffin has over 50 feature-length film and television scores to his name (alongside numerous solo, group and collaborative music albums), with a particular affinity for documentaries, including the Tribeca Festival and Cinema Eye award-winning A Walk Into The Sea, the Oscar-nominated Life, Animated and most recently the Sundance, SXSW and Critic’s Choice winner Boys State. Griffin was also a core member of the Vic Chesnutt band for North Star Deserter and At The Cut, the two albums Chesnutt released on Constellation in the late-2000s, and was a musical director for filmmaker Jem Cohen’s multi-media work Empires Of Tin (co-released by Constellation and The Viennale in 2009) featuring Chesnutt and members of Hangedup and Silver Mt. Zion.
Constellation is thrilled to present this acclaimed composer’s work in tandem with the artwork of Jill Magid. An exquisite limited hand-numbered deluxe vinyl edition features a window-cut artboard jacket that serves as a frame for eight different images from Magid’s The Barragán Archives project, printed on four 12”x12” art card inserts including an artworked inner sleeve.
released June 11, 2021
Alto Saxophone: Matana Roberts
Trombone: Reut Regev
Bass: Jason Ajemian
Drums: Jim White
Recorded in a living room in Long Island. Engineered by T. Griffin and Brian Crimmons
Violin, Whistling: Sophie Trudeau
Drums: Timothy Herzog (As Ever), Ryan Rummery (“An Architecture of Noise”)
Guitar: Sebastian Cruz (“Word Guitar”)
Samplers, Banjo, Guitars, Percussion, Keyboards, Field Recordings and Voice: T. Griffin
Drums and Violin for “As Ever” and “The Nun with a Chipped Tooth” recorded by Sophie and Tim in Montreal.
Drums on “An Architecture of Noise” recorded by Ryan Rummery in Brooklyn.
All other recording, mixing and processing at Shiny Little Studios, Brooklyn, NY by T. Griffin, with additional mixing by Dashel Hammerstein
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal
Haunting, contemplative, and sonorous, there is a langour to the layers of violin that is both calming and other-worldly, although sometimes full of foreboding. A very thoughtful and deeply hypnotic experience. Spaceman Si