The sound of excitement and adventure comes alive in the new album On Expedition with Les Fruits de Mer. Composed and recorded by Marc AuMarc over the past year on St. Martin and on location elsewhere in the Caribbean, the twelve-track album explores and deconstructs the Les Fruits de Mer association’s iconic theme song across a variety of musical styles. It is now available for free download and online streaming at marcaumarc.com.
“The concept of a Les Fruits de Mer theme song dates back many years, and the first notes of the melody were composed in 2012, although the theme itself was not completed until several years later,” recounted Mark Yokoyama, who composed the theme under the nom de plume Marc AuMarc. “Once the original theme was completed, it took on a life of its own, inspiring many unique variations.”
The album begins with the original Les Fruits de Mer theme presented in an orchestral arrangement, before sending the listener on an eclectic voyage through electronica, soft rock, disco, dub reggae and more. While melodic lines from the original theme form the basis of each track, a diversity of styles ensures that the album is constantly in motion, echoing the experience of being on a scientific expedition.
“You may recognize some of these songs from the wildlife documentary films we have been producing,” explained Les Fruits de Mer president Jenn Yerkes. “These songs have been an integral part of our work in film, and we felt it was time to showcase them on their own. Their energy, spirit and diversity exemplify the spirit of Les Fruits de Mer.”
Although this is the first album released under the name Marc AuMarc, Mark Yokoyama has been writing and recording music for over 25 years in a variety of genres, from country and folk to indie rock and electronic music.
The full album is available for download and streaming from marcaumarc.com. The album is free. Fans wishing to make a contribution are encouraged to donate to the non-profit Les Fruits de Mer association to support their wildlife education activities and their free natural history museum, Amuseum Naturalis.