Taken from page to screen to recording studio, Aurora is the storied debut album from the titular band of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s beloved, New York Times bestselling novel Daisy Jones & The Six. Featuring lead vocals from stars Riley Keough and Sam Claflin on every track, advance singles “Look At Us Now (Honeycomb),” co-written by Marcus Mumford, and “Regret Me” both debuted to massive, immediate acclaim from both critics and fans alike in recent weeks.
The album release was timed with the premiere of the first three episodes of the groundbreaking limited series adaption ‘Daisy Jones & The Six,’ streaming now on Prime Video. Starring Riley Keough, Sam Claflin, Suki Waterhouse and more. Aurora has been brought to life by the cast – with Keough in her role as Jones and Claflin co-starring as Billy Dunne – showcasing the charged personal dynamic between their characters on the emotive and wildly impressive vocals each actor lent to the entirety of the LP. Helmed by acclaimed GRAMMY®-winning songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills Aurora and other music from throughout the show boasts co-writing credits that include some of today’s biggest names in music, such as Marcus Mumford and Jackson Browne, with additional production from renowned record producer Tony Berg. Other co-writers on Aurora include Chris Weisman, James Valentine, Ethan Gruska, Pino Pallodino, and Z Berg, among others.
Mills – who also executive produced the music from the series – recorded the entirety of Aurora with Keough, Claflin, and the above collaborators at Sound City Studios. The iconic Van Nuys, CA space – now jointly run by Mills, Berg, and filmmaker-producer Jordan Tappis – also serves as the backdrop in both the book and limited series for the creation of the album.
On the process of bringing this soundtrack to life, Blake Mills shares:
"Creating the library of music for Daisy Jones and The Six was an experience I’ll never forget. I am grateful that, among other things, it afforded me an opportunity to collaborate with so many of my peers, and also some of my heroes".
Speaking on the impact of Aurora, Oscar-nominated series co-creator and executive producer Scott Neustadter adds: "In the early 1970s, a group of kids with stars in their eyes and talent to spare formed a band called Daisy Jones and The Six. They would go on to become one of music’s biggest success stories despite – or perhaps because of – their own interpersonal demons. Theirs was a love story: the love of a particular sound, the love of family, the love of your life, and the love you can’t have but also maybe can't live without… Aurora represents the pinnacle of a short-lived recording career. It also serves as proof – for both the fictional band and the real one who dreamed this up together – that pouring your heart and soul into something you believe in can have a profound effect on the rest of your life."
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