O Superman EP Launch Party – Phaedra Ensemble
We’re thrilled to announce the upcoming release of O Superman, our first EP. It features our take on Laurie Anderson’s cult classic, featuring vocals from Jamie Doe aka The Magic Lantern, plus works by Jamie Hamilton and Leo Chadburn.
To celebrate, we invite you to join our (virtual) launch party.
The party starts at 8pm (GMT). So make yourself a drink, pull on your finest headphones and turn the lights down low…
– The first showing of Daisy Dickinson’s mesmerizing film for O Superman
– Live stream of EP with bespoke visuals made for the night
– Q+A with Phil Granell, Leo and Jamie, and the ever-charming Jamie Doe
More about the EP
O Superman digs deep into our fascination with the voice, America, and its music. It was recorded in London and remotely during 2020.
The title track is our homage to Laurie Anderson’s vocoder-drenched masterpiece, a song we’ve loved since childhood. Like those who first heard it on the John Peel show in 1981 – and for all those bewitched by it since – it will be forever distant and familiar.
Celebrating 40 years since its release, Jamie Hamilton’s intricate arrangement reworks O Superman for strings, wind trio, and the voices of Jamie Doe and Rhia Parker.
Two more tracks make up the release. Jamie’s Activity Report, a prismatic joyride, woven around local American police reports; in equal parts mundane, touching and strange. These stories collide with Jamie’s love of American slide guitar. He features on guitar and vocals with strings supporting.
Finally, we have Leo Chadburn’s 2011 X Chairman Maos. This is the second work of Leo’s we’ve performed over the years. Here we swap violins and violas for electric guitars and piano, with Sergio remaining on cello and Jamie Doe on vocals once again. Based on text from Chairman Mao Zedong’s infamous ‘The Little Red Book’, the phrases unfold over and over; the harmonies changing under each iteration.
8pm GMT. FREE.