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Ghostlight Records releases soundtrack for Anthology podcast, Anthem: Homunculus

Monday May 20, 2019

Today Ghostlight Records releases the soundtrack to "Anthem: Homunculus," created by award-winning writer/director John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch," Shrill) and composer/writer Bryan Weller, featuring original music and lyrics by Weller & Mitchell. "Anthem" is an edgy anthology series produced by Topic (Missing Richard Simmons) and distributed by Luminary, that tells a uniquely American story through a distinct musical voice. A groundbreaking and ambitious new podcast that combines music, drama, film and theater, "Anthem: Homunculus" is the first of its kind to offer audiences an original, Broadway-caliber production in podcast form starring top talent, including Cynthia Erivo, Glenn Close, Nakhane, Patti LuPone, Laurie Anderson, Marion Cotillard and Denis O'Hare.

In the premiere season, Homunculus, a broke, solitary, and bitterly funny shut-in, Ceann Mackay (Mitchell), launches the world's first online radio "tumor telethon" to crowdfund his brain cancer care. The audience is taken on a darkly hilarious journey of his life story through flashback and song until sudden fame arrives when he realizes that what is killing him may be the very thing that could save us all.

"Anthem: Homunculus" is a 10-episode podcast series produced by Topic and released on Luminary. The soundtrack — featuring over 30 original songs by Bryan Weller and John Cameron Mitchell, with Weller serving as producer — is out today. It covers a range of genres including indie-rock, jazz, R&B, folk, soul, country, baroque, dream pop, contemporary classical, and avant-garde.

Bryan Weller: "When John and I set out to start working on the story and music, the idea wasn't to write in an episodic format. But as the story grew in magnitude, so did the scope of the music, with it being clear that all these different characters in this world would have their own sound. So the songs came to make up an eclectic, expressive world of contrasts and variety all their own. The real songwriting began right after the presidential election of 2016, so while this informed many aspects of the narrative, much of the lyrical content and musical tone also reflect this. There's anger and fear, but also resolution and defiance, and ultimately hope."

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