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Small Isles

Latest Release: Out In The Sunset

The duo will release two EPs on Modern in 2023, both imagined scores for imaginary movies. “Out in The Sunset” is the first to be released and is written in response to a dream of Jimmie Fails and Joseph Talbot teaming up to make a coming of age film about two socially disparate groups of teens coming together for a revelatory night.

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Additional Info

Small Isles is the project of Grandaddy and Modest Mouse guitarist Jim Fairchild and Jacob Snider (MM NYU) a composer and arranger originally based in Philadelphia. Together they make imagined scores for imaginary films. And real scores foractual films.
Founded in 2017 by Fairchild to stay creative making beautiful, evocative instrumental music on the road with Modest Mouse, the project was expanded to a duo in 2020, following sporadic prior collaborations between Jim and Jacob. Having made music for multiple Television shows and collaborated with many artists across multiple labels and genres, Small Isles is now Jim’s principal writing and recording project. He and Jacob compose and arrange Small Isles music together, often expanding from improvised sketches.

Grammy Nominations

Modern Recordings is proud to announce 3 Grammy-nominations:

  1. Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
    Pat Metheny - "Dream Box"

  2. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
    Vince Mendoza & Metropol Orkest - "Olympians"

  3. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
    Rickie Lee Jones - "Pieces of Treasure"