As a singer, songwriter, and composer, Emile Mosseri transforms the human experience into song. Musical storytelling is his lifeblood — a talent he has shared with songwriters and directors that now takes centerstage on his debut album, Heaven Hunters.
Mosseri spent his teens and twenties playing in bands in New York City before moving to Los Angeles to work as a composer, a city in which he has formed some of his deepest collaborative relationships. Mosseri has provided emotionally melodic film scores to support the personal stories of Joe Talbot, Miranda July, Lee Isaac Chung, and more, receiving several accolades, including a Best Original Score nomination at the Academy Awards for Chung’s Minari (2020) in 2021. At the same time, he has developed lasting relationships with fellow songwriters both in the studio and on stage, working with Angel Olsen, Mary Lattimore, The Haxan Cloak, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Dave Longstreth, Hand Habits, and others.
On Heaven Hunters, Mosseri looks inwards, using his distinctive sound and gift for musical storytelling for his most personal work. Produced by The Haxan Cloak, Heaven Hunters explores the weight of choosing one path in life, putting to death every other possible future, and finding comfort in redefining happiness. For Mosseri, the search for Heaven — a concept of perpetual happiness void of suffering — is a fruitless effort that blocks us from finding peace and balance in life as it really is.
Driven by Mosseri’s poignant lyrics and intimate singing, Heaven Hunters celebrates the highs and lows that create that equilibrium, built around songs of longing, love, loss, familial struggle, and domestic bliss. It is a vulnerable, heartfelt album that is both expansive and cinematic in its dynamic scope and deeply stripped down and exposed in its emotional core, ready to be experienced as intimately as possible. It is the album he imagined in the formative years of his creative journey and one that came to life through his experiences working directly with auteurs that fearlessly built exterior worlds from their interior experiences.
Mosseri closed 2022 with a 6-month residency at Los Angeles music venue Zebulon that featured unique musical collaborations, intimate orchestration, and — at its apex — an immersive 32-piece choir. 2023 will see a continuation of that experiential, free-flowing approach to live music at venues across the globe. As a composer, Mosseri is currently working on the score for Donald Glover, Hiro Murai, and Francesca Sloane’s upcoming project Mr. and Mrs. Smith.