All Became Golden is a film and audiovisual record from Essie Jain, conceived by Jain and director Natalie Johns with music arranged by Nico Muhly.
In this innovative project, British singer-songwriter Jain's spare and elegant songs are invigorated by Muhly’s tailored arrangements and the backing of a classical orchestra. The film documents the group as they convene to simultaneously rehearse, perform and record the album, allowing a rare glimpse of the joy, risk, generosity and blind faith inherent in acts of creative collaboration.
All Became Golden sees Jain moving past the angst and inwardness of her younger self, toward interpretations that reflect her current state of mind: joyful, forward-looking and expansive. Themes of gratitude and empowerment, of saying yes instead of no, of placing trust in yourself and the universe are articulated in Jain’s timeless songs, which comprise both new and older original material, as well as a cover of Dire Straits’ “Why Worry.”
The songs were recorded by Grammy-winning recording engineer Justin Guip of Levon Helm Studios and, with a view to this realizing the format of the first audio visual record, Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated music engineer Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones) mixed the entire album to edited performances for each song.
Continuing on in the spirit of true independence that gave birth to the film, Martin Mills (Beggars Banquet, 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade) narrates the opening and end of the film.
The film is currently undergoing a change in distribution and will be available for rental and purchase from Vimeo On Demand in 2016.