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Fools and Orphans~Ninthspace album review

Posted in Fools & Orphans, Music Reviews with tags , , , , on March 1, 2009 by Sister Cleophas

Jo Gabriel: Fools and Orphans


There are moments in Bulldozer, the opening song from Jo Gabriel’s new album, when Stephanie Rearick’s trumpet heralds the words ‘why should I love you’. These brief but beautiful events mark the most striking difference between this album and its more elaborate (if not immediate) predecessor IslandFools and Orphansdraws away from traditional arrangements to let the songs breathe, and in doing so allows Jo to continue distinguishing herself from the current ’..and piano’ crowd (I like Emm Gryner’s term ‘contemporary nonsensery.’) Few artists have the ability or opportunity to be this daring (mostly down to record label pressures, no doubt) and this successful. Fools and Orphans shines from its own darkness.Kristin Hersh’s The Grotto was an album born out of loss and the resulting reflection on life and relationships. Fools and Orphans is different – its main theme is also loss, but barely offers sanctuary. The Grotto tears me apart and then rebuilds me; Fools and Orphans does the former then leaves a lingering sadness, although it’s more compelling as a result. The open arrangements, often rhythmically fluid and spontaneous are charmingly beautiful and ideal for such stories. It’s up to us to fill in the blanks, to empathise and to draw comparisons with our own lives. Continue reading

Artists limited addition of Fools and Orphans will be released May 7, 2008

Posted in Fools & Orphans, News with tags , , , on May 3, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

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Stay Tuned:”Hunting Down The Ceremony”,”Down The Rabbit Hole Part 1″, and “The Weeds Have Grown So Tall”

Posted in projects in progress with tags , , , on May 1, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

And I am currently in the studio working with musician/engineer/filmmaker Wendy Schneider, pulling together a collection of songs that will culminate into an album called “Hunting Down The Ceremony” that I’ll be releasing Summer 2008. 

Hunting is a gathering up of many never before heard tracks, a few new things and songs that have been scattered to the winds on either compilations or currently part of various film soundtracks.

Being particularly prolific these days, I am in the process of developing another album through my own Ephemera called “Down The Rabbit Hole“. This album will be a collection of my first never before heard songs, written between 1990-92. These are the original recorded demos exactly as I sat and played them from their inception in my boxer shorts, drinking coffee at my piano at 3am, cats walking about the house, often on or across the piano keys and me…finally tapping into the identity that was trembling below the surface. It was the time of my pomo epiphany, when I discovered my true artist within. Once I’ve dusted off these relics, I’ll be releasing them as a limited lo fi artist’s special issue.

And presently in the Mothlight laboratory on the slab, is a song starting to breathe called The Weeds Have Grown So Tall- which I am hoping with the confluence of vital forces will entice the brilliant Darius Greene to join in and add some stitches and sparks to!  until “It’s Alive!”

Fable Honey: SepiaChords Playlist 4.27.08

Posted in Fools & Orphans, Radio play with tags , , , , , on April 29, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

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Apr 28 2008 11:09 PM 

Playlist for the Week Ending 4/27/08

Del Rey and the Sun Kings: I am the Light
Ex Reverie: Cloud? or Smoke?
Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau: Acquiesce 
Jo Gabriel: Fable Honey
Juan Prophet Organization: Birthday Dirge
Grand Archives: Miniature Birds
R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders : Singing in the Bathtub
Demonika and the Darklings: Who?
Joe Black: Curl Mcgee
Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers: Bible, Candle & SKull
Munly & the Lee Lewis Harots: Jacob Dumb
Jill Tracy: Torture
Miss Moonshine: It’s Only a Paper Moon
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club: That Fierce Cow is Common Sense in a Country Dress
ECPE: Winter Song
Princeton: Leonard Woolf
Thomas Nola et son Orchestre: Gloomy Sunday
Make a Rising: Your Karmic Obstacle
Orion Rigel Dommisse: Alice & Sarah
Paul Weller: Early Morning Rain
Ego Plum & the Ebola Music Orchsestra: The Chinese Carnival Show
Festival: Blown Light
Oval Portraits: Crying Windows
The Other Flesh: Waltzing Down the Road to Hell
Sterilize Stereo: Give it a Rest
Fern Knight: Sundew
16 Horsepower: American Wheeze

Mick Mercer has entered the room…

Posted in Music Reviews, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Mick Mercer granted me the honor of reviewing both The Amber Sessions and The Last Drive In~ And in his inimitable writing style, he graced my work with a very complimentary testimonial indeed~

I am feeling very grateful these days for the incredible praise that both these albums are attracting from various people who I greatly respect. A thousand kisses and sunflowers cast their way!

Mick tells that a review of Fools and Orphans is immanent…

I think I’ll go buy myself an ice cream now.

Here are his reviews of Amber and Drive In:


Rather than answer Mick’s query’s directly since he’s most likely busy writing some fantastic review for some particular artist~ I thought i’d post a little explanation for a few of the things he mentioned amidst his covering both The Amber Sessions and The Last Drive In~ first he wondered if goats dance and if I had some knowledge of that! Well yes they do, and I did! In fact my publishing company Dancing Goat Music, is named after these magically lyrical creatures who inadvertently discovered that lovely nectar of the gods Coffee! Here is the link and the legend as it goes:

The Legend of the Dancing Goats®

Coffee was first discovered in what is now called Ethiopia. According to legend, the area’s remote highlands were home to a goatherd named Kaldi. One day he noticed his goats dancing and prancing after eating the small, red fruit of a nearby shrub. Not wishing to be left out of the fun, Kaldi ate the coffee cherries and soon he was dancing with his goats!

Now concerning the following pondering:

“in the bump of night”, which is a lovely phrase I haven’t heard before. I have no idea how this ties in with the cover imagery; perhaps not at all, perhaps with blistering clarity for those who understood.

My love of horror films and the lost art of the genre is getting to be pretty well known amongst my fans~and how I long for that past time that once gloriously showcased some of the more off the beaten path style films, the cult, the b movie, etc~ The Last Drive In is my homage to that nostalgic time when we piled into our cars, dressed in our pajamas and watched all things gruesome and unreal jump off the big screen at us while we cowered in the back seat of dad’s chevy!
I liked the idea of saying The Bump of Night instead of a bump in the night! And I am so thrilled Mick liked it too!

‘There’s A Crack In The Wall’ is giddy and light-headed, with the spectre of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds circling, which I accept must be accidental. A scrawny beauty, this is like an eerie breeze commanding the piano with its lid left open”

Yes, the essence of that Lucy effect came quite naturally to the piece as the entire album felt channeled to me~ It struck me the same once it was done, but i really liked it’s attitude and felt that it should remain as is~ Again, I am thrilled that Mick sensed it’s spontaneous appearance in the song~ and i love his term
Scrawny beauty! he does know how to turn a phrase~

thank you again Mick~ i hope this clears up a few of the scratching one’s head moments~

Cheers all~ Joey

Posted by Jo Gabriel on Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 8:20 PM

Of Love and Ether ~ Ninthspace review of track off Fools&Orphans

Posted in Fools & Orphans, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Jo Gabriel’s forthcoming Fools and Orphans could well turn out to be her signature album. Whilst it bears elements from her previous releases and may be open to inevitable musical comparisons, what’s exhibited in these new songs is fiercely individual and nothing short of staggering: musically inventive and lyrically impressive.

Like all of the tracks, Of Love and Ether has this paradox of richness and sparsity – in this instance bringing together a duo of string instruments (and birdsong) to join Jo’s piano and unique voice in a delicate yet powerfully emotive poem.

Fools and Orphans has an artist’s limited release from 7 May through Ephemera and will also be released in Winter 2008 through Kalinkaland.

Jo Gabriel featured/ORGAN SHOW playlists

Posted in Radio play, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , , , on April 21, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Organ show with Sean O on RESONANCE 104.4FM, Sunday APRIL 6th 2008, 9.00pm – On your FM dial all over London and worldwide via 

2: JO GABRIEL – Masque Of The Red Death (Dancing Goat) – She from New York, she recorded these two stunningly beautiful albums of four track in an empty theatre, both of them radiate with colourful warmth. Piano led instrumentals laced with wonderful textures and delicious detail – or

11: JO GABRIEL – The Sun King (Dancing Goat) – See track two, this time a track from her Amber Sessions album… both the albums are reviewed in more detail with this week’s Organ

18/Outro: JO GABRIEL – Passing/Arriving (Dancing Goat) – See track two, another track from her Amber Sessions album, this time just a final taste to leave you with….