TUNE Solomon Grey - Forties
Forties is the main theme to new BBC series Back To Life. The music for the 6 part dark comedy has been composed by Solomon Grey.
This is the latest record from UK duo Solomon Grey following their second studio album Human Music, released in 2018. The soundtrack features a range of new compositions by the composers showing a lighter touch from previous soundtracks, along with some classic big cinematic synth driven recordings the band are known for. The soundtrack also features tracks from Siobhan Wilson, John Mark Nelson, regular collaborator Imogen Rose and a beautiful cover of Cocteau Twins 'Cherry-coloured Funk' by London trio Arctic Lake.
The whole soundtrack plays like a magical and supernatural album that matches the mystery and intrigue, which is central to the show. Tom Kingston and Joe Wilson of Solomon Grey didn't want to just release a random bunch of cues from the score but instead edited and extended the cues to create an album that works a body of work. The duo even recorded a version of The Shipping Forecast on track Malin To Rockall to follow the loose nautical theme of the album - and the series, which is filmed in Hythe, Kent.
The series centres on Miri, a 40-something woman who has just served an 18-year prison sentence for an unspecified, presumably violent crime and has returned to her sleepy coastal hometown to live with her parents. It’s a fish-out-of-water story with a twist, since it is time, rather than place, that alienates Miri. Her relationships, and technology, have adapted during her stint behind bars, making for amusing culture-clash moments when she name-checks Woolworth’s and Blockbuster in a job interview, and tries to resuscitate her long-dead Tamagotchi. “The Tamagotchi was my husband’s idea, I’ve got to give him that,” Haggard concedes. “If you’re in prison you’re not removed from the world but certain things would still feel new. One massive change is that everyone’s on their phones all the time – literally walking down the street staring at them – that would be so weird, wouldn’t it?”
The series starts on BBC 1 at 10:35pm on 15th April and is available as a boxset on BBC3 iPlayer.