A Mercury, Ivor, Mobo and Olivier nominated songwriter and composer, Nitin Sawhney releases his ninth studio album, Last Days Of Meaning . It is an eclectic and ambitious record (featuring the legendary John Hurt) which Sawhney launched with an acclaimed sold-out headline show at London s Royal Albert Hall in May. He returned in July to headline the RAH in July, spearheading the Human Planet at the BBC Proms, for which he has just been nominated for a Bafta.
It was during sessions for Human Planet - the hugely successful, award-winning BBC series, entirely scored by Nitin - that Sawhney struck up a friendship with John Hurt, the narrator of the flagship programme itself. Conceived by Sawhney as a script before it became an album, and written and recorded in just five months, Last Days Of Meaning traces the character of Donald Meaning (played by Hurt), an embittered old Dickensian man, fearful of immigrants, terrorists and the outside world. He sits in a room raging against childhood memories, society, himself and a small tape recorder sent to him by his ex-wife (the cassette-recorder contains the songs of the album).
Now on his ninth studio album, Nitin s subsequent output has been astonishing. He is, for instance, the only artist ever to play both the BBC Proms and the BBC Electric Proms, gracing London s Royal Albert Hall and Camden s Roundhouse respectively. Few can also claim to have earned the likes of two Ivor nominations, a Mobo, a Mercury and a BBC Radio 3 Award in tandem.
Having collaborated with and written for the likes of Sting, Brian Eno, Ellie Goulding, Taio Cruz and Nelson Mandela, his credits across the worlds of theatre and dance are equally extensive (two Sadler s Wells projects are currently in the pipeline).
The Last Days Of Meaning also features seven bonus tracks featuring remixes of album tracks.