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CULVER CITY, California - October 7, 2022 - Today, Amazon Studios released “Where the Shadows Lie,” a new song performed by Grammy Award-winning artist Fiona Apple from The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Season One: Amazon Original Series Soundtrack). Available only on Amazon Music, the song was written by series composer Bear McCreary and appears in the season finale of the acclaimed new series on Prime Video.
Listen to “Where the Shadows Lie” (feat. Fiona Apple) HERE.
Set to McCreary’s powerful and ethereal score with Apple’s haunting vocals at the forefront, “Where the Shadows Lie” is inspired by the iconic Ring-verse written by J.R.R. Tolkien in the original The Lord of the Rings trilogy. As written, the poem was composed by the Free Peoples of Middle Earth about the origins of the Rings of Power and their relationship under the power of the One Ring. The song was produced by McCreary, Apple, and Andrew Slater, and engineered by Jason LaRocca and David Way.
The instrumental version of “Where the Shadows Lie” appeared in the first episode, with the intention of using the same motif for the last episode of the show’s premiere season. McCreary put together a demo crafting together his original music with Tolkien’s words giving new life to the poem. From there, the discussion of finding the perfect voice to record the song began. “We are extremely excited to share this song with audiences around the world,” said Bob Bowen, worldwide head of music for Amazon Studios. “Fiona Apple brings her powerful and cinematic vocals to this beautiful and haunting piece of music, our series’ composer Bear wrote. Her incredible performance and interpretation of this legendary text will amaze fans.”
“When we heard Bear’s incredible arrangement, we knew we needed to find a singular, world-class artist to bring it to life in the richest way imaginable,” said showrunners and executive producers JD Payne and Patrick McKay. “We are immensely grateful to Fiona Apple for doing just that and more. As longtime admirers of Fiona’s work, we are thrilled and humbled to bring her voice to Middle-earth. We cannot wait for audiences to hear ‘Where the Shadows Lie,’ and discover how it ties in with the storytelling not just in Season One, but in the years to come…”
"The musical legacy of The Lord of the Rings brings to mind ethereal vocals carrying lyrical melodies over evocative harmonies, so it was my natural inclination to compose such a song for The Rings of Power,” said McCreary. “Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic ‘Ring Poem’ text, I wrote the song ‘Where the Shadows Lie’ as a theme for the titular Rings of Power, for the magic of mithril, for the sinister machinations of Sauron, and for his land of Mordor.”
He continued, “To embody all these narrative elements into one voice is no small task, and so I am especially grateful to have collaborated with legendary singer Fiona Apple. Inarguably one of the definitive musical voices of her generation, Fiona brought new depths and narrative intention to the song’s unique combination of my haunting melody and Tolkien’s ominous text. I have been inspired by her musicality for two decades, and I could not imagine an artist better suited to bring to life the mystery, majesty, and power of this song. I am thrilled audiences can finally hear ‘Where the Shadows Lie,’ a song we strategically withheld from the Season One album until now, so that it's significance would not be spoiled in the early episodes."
Amazon Music customers who have already downloaded the soundtrack will get the previously unreleased track automatically. CLICK HERE to listen to The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Season One: Amazon Original Series Soundtrack). Physical CDs can be pre-ordered HERE and the LP can be pre-ordered HERE. An Amazon Exclusive vinyl variant is available for advance purchase HERE.
Bear McCreary, known for his incomparable world-building and use of innovative musical approaches in the worlds of television, film, and video games, guides audiences through the major events of the Second Age of Middle-earth with his “celestial score” (The New York Times). Working out of the iconic Abbey Road Studios as well as AIR Studios and Synchron Stage in Vienna, he recorded and composed hours of music for the score, weaving together his original themes into a sonic tapestry for a full symphonic orchestra, alongside vibrant folk instruments and choral singers.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history, set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings stories. Led by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay, the series begins in a time of relative peace, following an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil to Middle-earth.
Additional executive producers are Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, J.A. Bayona, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond, and Sharon Tal Yguado, and producers Ron Ames and Christopher Newman. Wayne Che Yip is co-executive producer and directs, along with Bayona and Charlotte Brändström.
The multi-season drama is available exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world in multiple languages with new episodes available weekly. To view and download The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power publicity assets, please visit the Amazon Studios press site HERE.
01) “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Main Title” (by Howard Shore)
02) “Where the Shadows Lie” (feat. Fiona Apple)
05) “Nori Brandyfoot”
06) “The Stranger”
10) “In the Beginning”
11) “Elrond Half-Elven”
12) “Durin IV”
13) “Harfoot Life”
14) “Bronwyn and Arondir”
16) “The Boat”
17) “Sundering Seas”
18) “Nobody Goes Off Trail”
19) “Elendil and Isildur”
20) “White Leaves”
21) “The Secrets of the Mountain”
22) “Nolwa Mahtar”
24) “A Plea to the Rocks” (feat. Sophia Nomvete)
25) “This Wandering Day” (feat. Megan Richards)
26) “Scherzo for Violin and Swords”
27) “Sailing into Dawn”
28) “Find the Light” (Amazon Music Exclusive)
29) “For the Southlands”
31) “The Promised King” (Amazon Music Exclusive)
32) “Water and Flame”
33) “In the Mines”
34) “The Veil of Smoke”
35) “The Mystics”
36) “Perilous Whisperings”
37) “The Broken Line”
38) “Wise One”
39) “True Creation Requires Sacrifice”
40) “Where the Shadows Lie” (Instrumental)
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About Bear McCreary:
Emmy and BAFTA award-winning composer Bear McCreary began his career as a protégé of legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein, before bursting onto the scene scoring the influential and revered series Battlestar Galactica in 2004. Since then, McCreary has been a four-time Emmy nominee and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme for Da Vinci’s Demons, a musical palindrome that sounds the same forwards and backwards. His recent projects include Foundation for Apple TV+, the Sony and Starz international hit series Outlander, Netflix’s Academy Award nominated documentary Crip Camp, produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Films’ 10 Cloverfield Lane, AMC’s global phenomenon The Walking Dead, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the video game Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge for Disney; and Sony PlayStation’s massive video game God of War, and its highly anticipated sequel.