Composer, songwriter, performer, orchestrator and conductor Joachim Horsley has been hard at work on his debut album “Combinations”. The release, his passion project, features cinematic pop/rock songs written/performed by Joachim and will be released on June 4.
Horsley has been working on this his first solo album for the past three years. In addition to writing and singing, he also played piano, organ, guitar, bass, percussion, and custom instruments he built specifically for the project, while joined by other Los Angeles based musicians including an A-list studio orchestra. Horsley refers to the album style as “Cinematic Pop” because he approached the composition and arrangements of the songs as if he was creating a film score. The music establishes a sonic world for a story to be told, but in this case, the story is told through lyrics rather than a moving picture. The album includes ten original songs written by Horsley, one cover and an extended mix as a bonus track.
“Each of these songs will take you on a journey through the fabric of humanity, reflecting on what happens when lives are combined.”
In 2007, Horsley released “Strangers in the Valley” with his band LittleHorse, which included “I Want Your Love,” winner of the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Horsley most recently wrote the original score for Rapture-Palooza, starring Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Up In the Air) and Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine, NBC’s The Office) being released by Liongsate next week on June 7th. His music for Rapture-Palooza ranges from orchestral to rock to R&B, with many of the instruments performed by Joachim himself.
A well-versed musician and accomplished composer Horsley orchestrated and conducted feature films such as The Possession (starring Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart), as well as the award-winning epic seven-part mini-series “Great Migrations,” which aired on the National Geographic Channel. Horsley has scored over 25 independent films including the documentary Unattached, which won the Silver Medal at the Student Academy Awards.
We’re excited to hear Horsley’s album in addition to interviewing him about his experiences scoring Lionsgate’s Rapture-Palooza so look out for the post following our time with this multi-talented musician.
Have a listen to the album on iTunes below…