Feb 152011

['From the Sea' album cover]Phantom Circuit has just received its copy of From the Sea, the new solo album by cellist and composer Jo Quail, formerly of SonVer. Jo spoke to us about her work after her gig in Birmingham in April of last year, and you can still hear that interview in show 35. The highlight of her set on that occasion was the striking elegy ‘Rex Infractus’, which sets the agenda on the new CD with a mix of the melodic, atmospheric and subtly experimental, all handled with the sort of finesse that requires repeated listening in order to be fully appreciated. Also included on the CD is ‘The Falconer’, the video for which you may already have seen.

Expect to hear tracks from the CD on Phantom Circuit soon, but if you trust our taste you can just head over to Jo’s site and buy a copy direct from the artist.

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Sep 212010

We’re not going to start a regular video review section – we do radio, remember? – but a couple of contrasting promo videos came our way and we would like to share them with you, just for a change.

Jo Quail – The Falconer

Jo Quail, who was featured in Phantom Circuit #35, has pointed us towards her latest promotional video, which you can watch on YouTube or Vimeo. Moving away from the imagery of her recently disbanded project SonVer, she has stepped out of the shadows into a sunlit stately garden for the video for her new track ‘The Falconer’. Director Tom Robinson paces the video so it is in sympathy with the dynamics of the languid music (with just a couple of subtle time-effect flourishes) and makes Jo’s unique electric cello and beloved loop effects pedals look as though they are in their natural habitat. Jo herself is as always the model of elegance – and, let’s face it, these days if you’re classically trained and don’t capitalise on your glamour you’re shooting yourself in the foot – but, as a nice personal touch, a hint of a smile can be spotted here and there. After all, if you’re not enjoying yourself, what’s the falcon point?

John Callaghan and Hypnotique – You Lack Discipline

These two should not be allowed to play together. They are a public menace. Watch this and then watch out.

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Apr 292010

Featuring an interview with Joanna Quail of SonVer, recorded after her recent solo performance in Birmingham.

Jo tells us about playing the electric cello, loop-based improvisation and her role in the astonishing sound of SonVer.

Use the player above to listen to the show or listen at Mixcloud.com.

Playlist for Phantom Circuit #35

Available from 29th April 2010

Artist Track Source
_voice Once I Met a Girl with the Sun in Her Head Seek and Destroy
Lol Coxhill & Morgan Fisher Flotsam Slow Music
Cousin Silas Driftwood Polished by the Ocean The Snow Imposed Silence
Lol Coxhill & Morgan Fisher Jetsam Slow Music
SonVer Ebusus Luz del Abyss
Joanna Quail interview – part 1
SonVer Transparent Arms SonVer
Joanna Quail interview – part 2
SonVer The Atlas Tree SonVer
Joanna Quail interview – part 3
SonVer Anonima SonVer
Joanna Quail interview – part 4
SonVer Roads Luz del Abyss
My Brother Daniel I am in Control Now no-R-mal

This post was edited on 30th July 2010 to embed the MixCloud player.

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