2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominated album from Sam Lee features tracks recorded at Fossil Studios
London folk singer Sam Lee has been nominated for the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for his new album ‘A Ground Of Its Own’, featuring tracks recorded by Raz Olsher at Fossil Studios.
“Sam is a great artist, a real digger of lost English folk songs,” says Raz. “He manages to bring them back to life in a modern context without losing the traditional essence.”
Of the nomination, Raz commented ‘Sam really deserves this award. He is a real visionary and passionate about what he does’. ‘A Ground Of Its Own’ received four star reviews in the Guardian, Independent and Mojo when it was released in June 2012.
“Sam has a really good crew and knows how to choose the right musicians. Saul is a brilliant drummer and percussionist playing on his gas tanks and other outwardly noises. Francesca is an amazing cellist. Then they mix it up with oriental flavours with Camilo on the tablas and Jonah on the koto. It all gels really naturally.”
Raz started Fossil Studios in 2009, transforming a warehouse in lower Clapton into a state of the art studio and living space. “I was very active in the East London underground scene, and knew a lot of artists that wanted albums made, it made sense to build my own studio. Sam is one of the first artists that I worked with at Fossil. Its great to see our east London scene grow and get the recognition it deserves”
Raz has since worked with an array of artists, including Gilles Peterson, Clare Maguire, Nathaniel Rateliff, Krust, DZ Deathrays, Ebe Oke (for album ‘Valor 2011’ – one of Brian Eno’s Top 10 albums that year) and South Africa’s Thandiswa Mazwai (2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony).
Alongside the music production, Raz has also been making a name for himself in the film world, writing scores for a number of acclaimed indie films, including ‘Raw Muscle’ (2011) and ‘The Ninth Cloud,’ starring French actor Jean Hugh Anglade (Killing Joe / Nikita) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs/ Kill Bill) due out next year. He’s about to start the score for ‘Twelve,’ a short staring 2011 Bafta winning actress Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult).
For more information on Raz and Fossil Studios please visit: www.fossilstudios.net
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September 27, 2012 9:07am ET by Emms Publicity