Philip Sheppard "Chosen Road"

Classical serenity.
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Philip Sheppard will digitally release his sophomore solo orchestral album titled Fall From Earth on June 22.

Sheppard is a composer, virtuoso cellist, public speaker, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member, Royal Academy of Music professor, electric cello pioneer, and creative innovator. He's composed 60+ film, television and theatrical scores, including the Star Wars Force Awakens Comic-Con trailer, and has performed with the likes of Scott Walker, Jimmy Page, Jeff Buckley, David Bowie, and Jarvis Cocker. For the 2012 London Olympics, Sheppard conducted, rearranged, and edited all 206 national anthems for the winners’ ceremonies. 

Each song on the album has an intricate and deep meaning reflective of human experiences, all of which were crafted by Philip himself. The album was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London by the English Session Orchestra and conducted by Philip Sheppard.  

“I love the idea of losing belief in gravity itself, somehow leaving the surface of this small blue dot and flying higher, further and faster, literally and metaphorically”, said Philip. “Falling from earth is what the god, Hermes, did in ancient legend, and by the 1960s we humans transcended to the point where we could leave the earth  (via Apollo - Hermes’ half-brother) in order to look back and think, my God, we’re lucky." 

This track was written in a single afternoon just before our Abbey Road sessions for Fall From Earth. "Chosen Road"  is about the paths you take and the routes you choose through life. Sometimes the going is hard, but the views can take your breath away.”— Philip Sheppard

Tracklisting

1. Apotheosis

2. Chosen Road

3. Fall From Earth

4. Unflattening

5. Every Line

6. Breaking Light

7. Hope Remains

8. This Is Your Future Self

9. Chasing Thought

10. I Am Alive

11. Chosen Road Alone

12. Fallingwater Dawn

Ahead of the album's June 22 release, you can download "Chosen Road" via the WeTransfer button below—or here for EU readers due to temporary GDPR restrictions.