The series of posts ‘A Singular Soundtrack’ features music videos of songs that the Decimononic’s team finds inspirational. We are most pleased to share with you songs that match the aesthetic sensibility of Decimononic and give shape to its universe.
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Last month we chose a song of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, the band of Sam Rosenthal, founder of Projekt Records. This month we bring you a song of Mirabilis, another of the groups linked to this label.
The word ‘mirabilis’ is Latin for wonderful, miraculous, or unusual. No wonder why this is the chosen name for the neo-classical/ethereal project of Dru Allen (This Ascension, Mercury’s Antennae) and Summer Bowman (the Machine in the Garden), as they have spent thirteen years creating beautiful, vocal-centered original compositions alongside reinterpreted pieces ranging from medieval to pop music.
Yesterday I received a new delivery of The ProjektList and I could not help but think immediatly about this blog post, as the mentioned newsletter delivered news about a band that suits perfectly our Singular Soundtrack. But first comes first, let’s begin with a brief introduction to Projekt Records.
Founded in 1994 by school friends James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy, Unkle (often stylised as U.N.K.L.E. or UNKLE, occasionally known as UNKLE Sounds) is a British musical endeavour. Unkle members were among the trip hop pioneers and they have collaborated with a wide variety of guest artists and producers.
‘Where Did The Night Fall’, released on 10th May 2010, was the fourth album of Unkle. It included an all-star cast of performers, such as Katrina Ford, Mark Lanegan, Nick Cave, Sleepy Sun and The Black Angels. ‘Another Night Out’ is one of the tracks of this album and it features the American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter Mark W. Lanegan, well-known by his distinctive baritone voice.
Performing as Jo Quail, she is a cellist and composer of instrumental music that has played live in countries like the UK, Europe, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Japan (Jo previously wrote and performed in the ambient post-rock group SonVer, releasing two albums and three EPs on Line Out and Disconnected Music). In her live solo performance, Jo plays an electric cello and uses looping to combine atonality with rich orchestration and deft percussive sounds to produce ‘majestic soundscapes’ (Irene and I can vouch for this, we had the pleasure to attend to a superb solo concert of Jo Quail just a couple of years ago).
Jo also writes specially commissioned pieces for music, film and theatre companies. Jo’s previous commissions include Orphic Film (Fade – 2008), Teatro Vivo (The Three Sisters – 2009), and Caesar Productions (String Casear – 2010) Paul Schoolman’s latest film starring Derek Jacobi and Alice Krige.
‘From The Sea’ was her debut solo album, a journey from meditative ambience to dark brooding urgency. Her second solo album, entitled ‘Caldera’, was released yesterday (and presented live on 28th June in The Islington, London) and it aims high: the Cauldron is her metaphorical receptacle for all she sees, hears, feels, imagines, experiences, dreams and forgets.
We have chosen the video of ‘Adder Stone’, extracted from ‘Caldera’, as a representative sample of Jo’s style. Directed by Richard Wakefield of FX Media, it was filmed on location in April 2014 at St Leonard’s Church (London) and Pett Level (East Sussex). We invite you to relax, turn up the volume to a comfortable level (and do not touch it until the song ends) and play the video full-screen.
Bonus.- Do not miss ‘From the Sea to the Desert’, a live DVD recorded in St. Leonard Church (London) in October 2011. It features a full ensemble performance of ‘From The Sea’ plus The Pilbara film by Michael Fletcher: eleven musicians and artists from disciplines including rock and post rock, experimental and classical music joined Jo to perform her album From The Sea in its entirety (with such illustrious participants as Tallulah Rendall, Roger O’Donnell from The Cure or Matt Howden from Sieben).
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We discovered this artist some time ago, thanks to the always enlightening newsletter of Jordan Reyne. Shayfer James is a theatrical songwriter that allows the listener to enjoy an unfathomable world, full of darkly lyrical and evocative stories. A very personal artistic proposal shaped by poetry, piano, delicate arrangements and outstanding performing skills.
He has toured the eastern half of the USA and has performed with his trio at festivals and events like CMJ NYC, Art Basel, Miami, Foburg Fest, New Orleans, and Hope & Glory, Hong Kong. His influences? Artists such as Billie Holiday, Stephen Sondheim, Sam Cooke, Stravinsky, Nat King Cole, Radiohead, Cole Porter, Fiona Apple, Nina Simone…