Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Butterfly Wheel - Debut EP

The Butterfly Wheel are an esoteric, ultra-feminine, pagan-pop duo from East London. They take inspiration from 60s and 70s rock music like The Velvet Underground and The Doors as well as from mystical and literary figures like William Blake. I have produced and mastered a couple of tracks for their debut EP, 'Wisdom's Waters'. Over two all night sessions, I had the opportunity to record them in the beautiful Shoreditch Church where they frequently perform. It was a privilege to work on these powerful songs. Have a listen below to the smoldering and galvanising 'Flame' and the epic and emotive 'City'.

The EP features two more tracks and is available to buy on CD or download from Bandcamp.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

NEW LOVE - a collaboration with Dream Giant

Here's the music video for 'New Love'. The beautiful neon-filled art direction is by Jylle Navarro.

This is the second single from Dream Giant's album, 'A Different Light'. The album has been well received with sparkling reviews and the support of BBC DJs.

'Lovely sound for this time of year' - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
'Some lovely songs on this album' - Gary Crowley, BBC Radio London
'An auteur of kaleidoscopic neo-psych' - Shindig! Magazine

I worked with Harry Dream on the album over a couple of years when we were living in Rainbow House. So, basically it was recorded in a bedroom. Harry plays every instrument on the album(!) apart from drums and a bit of bass. I contributed vocals to the record, and in the live line up I also play keys. New Love was probably the most collaborative track and I was involved with the songwriting process. I'm really proud of it. The record was produced by Ben Thackery (My Bloody Valentine/Rachel Zeffira).

The video was recorded in a studio in Hackney, usually used to shoot erotica. There were some pretty distracting photos on the walls in the space where we were filming. I had an amazing time getting covered in neon paint and channeling the neon Goddess of rave.

The album can be bought (and also streamed) from Bandcamp:

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

What On Earth Have I Been Doing?

2017 has been a very busy year - so busy, in fact, that I have neglected this blog of mine terribly. So, what on earth have I been doing?

Well, among other things ...

I have been collaborating with my partner in love and rock 'n' roll, Harry 'Dream' Dean, on the recently released Dream Giant album. It's an upbeat, sunshine psych-pop bag full of kaleidoscopic, indie treats. I'm pleased to report that it has been embraced with open arms by BBC and Radio 6 DJs like Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Gary Crowley. It's been a riot performing live with the 5 piece band, playing keys and belting out the boy-girl harmonies.

I'm also working on producing a band that I've been a fan of for the last couple years: self-professed Blakeian fairies, The Butterfly Wheel. Having learned so much on the long road to becoming a solo musician and producing my own work, it's a real pleasure to be expanding my creative world by working with musicians I admire. The project is ongoing - watch this mystic space!

Meanwhile, I have developed an obsession with fairy tales. Well, I'm more obsessed than I was previously, anyway - and this preoccupation has led me down a dark, forest path to write my own. I have a collection of original tales underway. While they are entirely new tales, not reworkings of traditional stories, there is one infamous character who keeps visiting my pages - the Slavic witch, Baba Yaga. She is so wise, so frightening, so fierce. She is the crone-mother we both need and fear because she tells so many truths. The stories I am writing are feminist tales with environmental and LGBT themes. I so look forward to sharing them. They are very restless, and keep threatening to hop off my pages in search of readers before I can complete my editing spells! Patience, my darlings, patience.

And then, of course, the Moth Rah album is gradually being breathed into existence. I do plan more shows for next year. I know things have been quiet for a while.

If you have read the above, you will understand why cobwebs have been gathering over this blog these last months. I am updating regularly on Instagram and, semi-regularly, on Facebook. If you want Moth Rah updates, follow me there.

Winter blessings to you, may your fire burn bright through the cold months,

Cassandra Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Friday, 23 December 2016

The Erl King Screening at Strange Worlds

A short film I soundtracked is going to be screened as part of the Strange Worlds, Angela Carter exhibition in Bristol on January 10th. 'The Erl King' is an adaptation of an Angela Carter story of the same name, created by my long-term collaborator, Layla Holzer.

Holzer was cited by the curators of the exhibition as one of the featured artists in whose work Carter's influence is most evident.

More information about the film can be found here.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Last Live Date of 2016

We've been playing a lot of shows this year in London. And we're playing one more live London date before the end of the year at The Good Ship in Kilburn on November 24th.

Here's a video by filmmaker Lilia Stojec of us performing 'Anima' at Proud Galleries in Camden earlier this year.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Walk of the Moon

We are recently returned from playing at an immersive theatrical event in Ibiza: The Walk of the Moon. The event took place at the beautiful commune and eco-centre, Casita Verde, up high on a beautiful green hillside as the sun went down. The event was created by my artist friend and collaborator, Michaela Meadow, and the puppet and theatre maker, Joanna Hruby. We were also joined by the performer and theatre director Phil Kingslan John.

Here are series of photos from that magical day, taken by Gato Suárez:

Shakti the water spirit!

Michaela Meadow

Grant Sparkle as the Air Spirit

Moon Guardian, Julia Minnear
Me and the ancient Phoenician Goddess, Tanit

The witch

Phil Kingslan John

Joanna Hruby and the Fire Spirit

Harry 'Dreeaaaam' Dean

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Friday the 13th at Proud Camden

Photos by Wyatt Dixon taken at Proud Camden at 'Friday the 13th', hosted by Prince of Wolves and Bauhaus Thrash Club.

Black and white masks by Daria Hlazatova. Dancers' masks and Harry's customised jacked by Bauhaus Thrash Club.