Invada Records is proud to announce the digital release of “The Virtues – Original Series Soundtrack”. The album features five original pieces of music provided by PJ Harvey to the lauded Channel 4 drama, as well as a new song, “The Crowded Cell”, from the closing credits. The digital release also includes tracks from Aphex Twin, Lisa Hannigan, Set Fire to Flames and Toydrum, among others.
Starring BAFTA-nominated Stephen Graham (This is England, ’86, ’88, ’90, Boardwalk Empire, Line of Duty) as Joseph, alongside Irish actors Helen Behan and Niamh Algar, the four-part drama tackles themes of repressed memory, apocalyptic revenge and the hope of redemption. It has received great acclaim by UK critics, particularly for the superb acting performances, and the exceptionally powerful writing and directing.
“Giving The Virtues a rating out of five feels like trying to pin a rosette on a tornado…the final 20 minutes of The Virtues will stand as one of the most intense passages in TV fiction” ***** The Guardian (UK)
“Deeply impressive” **** The Independent (UK)
“The credits rolled to the sound of the PJ Harvey song written for the series, where she sang, “You will remember this.” That’s for certain.” ***** The Daily Telegraph (UK)
PJ Harvey said: “I am so happy to have provided the original music for this extraordinary and powerful new drama by a director I have admired and followed all my life. Shane has a unique directness and sensibility to his work which I am drawn to and aspire to in my own work, so our collaboration was open and trusting. I sent Shane ideas as demos for him to try out as he edited and let him choose what he used and where to greatest effect. In the end we both loved how the demos worked so left them as they were, again adding to the raw beauty of the piece.”
The Virtues has already won the Grand Prix and Best Actor Awards at 2019’s SERIES MANIA, one of Europe’s biggest TV events.
“Masterfully directed, written and acted, the show is a prime example of the power of series television to illuminate and create empathy,” the International Competition jury, led by screenwriter-producer Marti Noxon, said in a statement, adding that Graham’s performance “is simply stunning. His powerfully raw portrayal of a man coming to grips with his past and himself is truly heart-breaking.”
Written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne (This is England, ’86, ’88, ’90, National Treasure), The Virtues is directed by Meadows and produced by Mark Herbert (This Is England, ’86, ’88, ’90) and Nickie Sault. The four-part series was commissioned for Channel 4 and was overseen by Channel 4’s Head of Drama Caroline Hollick. It is a Warp Films and Big Arty production.Go Back