NBC’s hit series This is Us is building a very emotional landscape for what is sure to be a tear-jerker of a series finale. The fan favorite series will conclude next week, on May 24th. The episodes leading up to the last have been filled with beautifully emotive music, including last week’s top TV song from a UK-based jazz and electronic group, featuring a Canadian singer songwriter.
Last week’s episode of This is Us draws some poignant parallels between the Pearson family’s evolution. ‘To Build a Home’ can be heard near the end as viewers are shown a montage of Rebecca’s motherly bond throughout each of her children’s lives. After each memory from the past, viewers see a current timeline of the Pearson children returning the favor by taking care of their elderly mother. The melodic piano and gentle vocals of the song bring a softness to the montage and leads the audience down memory lane.
‘To Build a Home’ features the vocals of Patrick Watson, as well as a writing credit for Watson. The track was first released as a single on October 29th, 2007. The song was then released on The Cinematic Orchestra’s third studio album titled Ma Fleur, on May 7th, 2007. The single version is BRIT certified gold and currently boasts over 4 million Spotify streams.
The Cinematic Orchestra was founded in 1999 by multi-instrumentalist Jason Swinscoe. The band has continued to make appearances on some of the largest stages in the world, including Coachella, Glastonbury, and Fuji Rock. Speaking to The Guardian about the bands tendency to frequently collaborate with different artists, Swinscoe shared “Connecting with different people, it’s about the depth and breadth of where they want to go and how involved they want to be. I’m serious about it.” The band released their fourth studio album To Believe on March 15, 2019.
This is one of those songs that you’ll swear you’ve heard before. And you’d be right. This is the songs second time on top of the Tunefind trending charts, as it was the top TV song back in 2017. ‘To Build a Home’ has had placement in Grey’s Anatomy, Schitt’s Creek, 9-1-1, and many more. As recently as May 8th, the song was used in American Idol.
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