It is all very well releasing records in the sense of writing a few sentences on social media channels or reposting a SoundCloud link, but I think you really need to relay how you feel about the releases you put out as a label.
Jo Mango’s new release, ‘When We Lives in the Crook of a Tree’ is spellbinding. She has managed to take you to a place that is not absent from melancholy, but uses it enough to almost put you in a calming and reflective mood.
For such an established artist with a remarkable repertoire, it is a real honour for us as a label to be able to release records like this.
‘When We Lived in the Crook of a Tree’ follows the release of her breathtaking album ‘Murmuration’ in 2012. The 4-track EP was commissioned for a special Celtic Connections show in 2012 in support of Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab). The songs were written and recorded within a month and Jo wanted to draw on the idea of speed, to mirror the creative process of these enchanting songs. As Jo explains, “It becomes just like a capture of fleeting moments of inspiration with a lot of fragility about them.” The songs were based on stories from Angela Carter’s Book of Fairytales, which is a collection of weird and wonderful fairytales from around the world that have female protagonists.
Having recently returned from touring Japan, Jo has a number of live dates lined up over the coming months, including an EP launch at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow, plus she will also be appearing at our showcase gig as part of next years Celtic Connections. There is also an animated video for the title track from the EP which was illustrated and animated by the very talented Helen Kellock:
14th December 2013 – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow
22nd December 2013 - Christmas Songwriters’ Club The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh
26th January 2014 – Òran Mór, Glasgow: Celtic Connections – Olive Grove Records showcase
3rd May 2014 - Brew at the Bog Festival, Inverness
- WHEN WE LIVED IN THE CROOK OF A TREE
- SEND IN THE CROWS
- TAKE YOUR MEDICINE
The EP can be purchased from Bandcamp here: http://jomango.bandcamp.com
You can now also stream the EP on SoundCloud below: