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Buckinghamshire artist's new album

PUBLISHED: 15:19 06 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:04 05 April 2013

Buckinghamshire artist's new album

Buckinghamshire artist's new album

You've already heard Phildel's music, though you may not know it

Her songs have been used on a wealth of TV adverts, from Marks & Spencer to Expedia, including a (particularly poignant) award-winning Persil ad and most recently Apple iPad. They have sound-tracked movies and are cited as an inspiration by Mariah Huehner, author of the True Blood and Angel comic books. They have been used in theatre productions and by celebrity fashion designer Henrietta Ludgates live catwalk shows. It, therefore, comes as a surprise to discover that Phildel is an artist whose deep appreciation for sound stems from an understanding of silence. During a childhood in which music was forbidden by her religious stepfather, she came to know silence well.

Despite her natural love for music, for 10 years Phildel was left to imagine the sounds she would fill the silence with, if she could. Her sound world is, subsequently, a departure into the world of imagination. Ultimately, the spectral compositions, that make up her debut album, The Disappearance Of The Girl, are intimate documents from an unusual and difficult childhood.

The 28 year-old songwriter, producer and arranger grew up in a household where music was forbidden, on the instruction of her mothers second husband, a fundamentalist Muslim from Egypt. With no CD player, no radio and no piano at home, it was in secret in the schools practice room at lunchtime that the seeds of her unique sound were sewn.

Phildels debut album contains 12 magical songs of resistance and escape, written in the years after she took the difficult decision to break away from the oppressive household. Composing day and night, Phildel created the epic, haunting and innovative music she had dreamt of. Her music is a journey into the landscape of her imagination, at times beautifully enchanting, at others, raw and horrific.

Phildel is a truly modern kind of artist who has retained a firm grasp on every aspect of her material right down to its visual world as shown in a suite of self-made videos filmed near her home in The Chilterns (see below for links to videos). No one has tried to remodel me and Im really relieved, she says. I wanted to keep it all as wild as possible. With her five-piece touring band which includes two cellos and Irish drums shes also a charismatic live act (see live date below).

On Thursday 25th April Phildel plays at St. Pancras Old Church:

St. Pancras Old Church, Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 1UL

Track Listing:

The Disappearance Of The Girl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-pRlJvj-4U

Storm Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0ojFM_j6-s

Mistakes

Moonsea

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZVzMTt2UTk

Beside You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49vGlSyf05A

Union Stone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdguHsx5G7M

Afraid Of The Dark

The Wolf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CghQKrk0hWM

Switchblade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puKqqj5EObw

Holes In You Coffin

Dare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikz4WEsuLKg

Funeral Bell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFY3JfWMPLk

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