Joe Wilson and Tom Kingston don’t draw a line between the music they make as a band and the scores they compose for film and TV.
Or if they do, it’s a faint one. As Solomon Grey, the classically-trained long-time friends have a sensual, cinematic sound that is their calling card for both, a beguiling blend of synths and orchestration that can evoke any emotion, capture tiny moments in time and summon scenes both real and imagined.<br><br>Fresh from their latest TV-screen success as composers of the soundtrack to BBC One’s The Last Post - Solomon Grey are back being a band, but only their focus has shifted. Human Music, their second album out 16th Feb 2018, is as powerful and ambitious, as visual and visceral as their sought-after soundtrack work. Sonically, there are parallels between Human Music and The Last Post score. The same 22-piece, Hungary-based orchestra played on both. A vintage CS-80 synthesiser was central to the two. Experiences from each influenced the other - not surprising as they were written at the same time, with Solomon Grey sometimes switching between the projects on a week-to-week or even day-to-day basis.<br><br>“The crossover between our own songs and our soundtracks has always been there but it’s shifted slightly,” says Tom. “Writing for soundtracks has blown the doors open for us. It has removed the usual boundaries of being in a band. As musicians, we feel like we’ve come full circle, only the circle has become a lot bigger.”