Jo Hamilton - Gown Illuminated
The definitive visual accompaniment to the album 'Gown'
The limited edition 1 1/2 hour DVD contains :
• An intimate live studio performance originally broadcast live in December 2010
• All of the videos made to accompany Gown, including the Gown Films shot by Jo herself plus new videos for Mekong Song, How Beautiful and a new video for Think of Me directed by Jimmy Ahlander
• An exclusive behind the scenes glimpse at Jo and her team at work
The DVD is available now and comes in a deluxe CD-sized 6 pane Digipak to sit alongside Gown. The DVD is limited to 2000 copies, each of which will be signed and numbered by Jo personally.
Jo also spent much of her youth in Turkey, UAE, Kuwait, Sri Lanka and Cambodia before studying classical viola in Edinburgh and at Birmingham Conservatoire. Her debut album, the gentle but muscular, headily addictive Gown, betrays much of this musical heritage and has already garnered huge plaudits for its singular mix of sense and sensuality. It’s a haunting and unique record but above all it’s Jo’s voice that stands out, a voice that Scott Matthews suggests can ‘brush softly against your soul or fill you with the intensity of an earthquake.’
Jo Hamilton - "There It Is" - live on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends
Jo has the only prototype of an AirPiano (http://www.airpiano.de) in use anywhere in the world outside a laboratory. The AirPiano is an innovative musical interface which allows the user to play and control software instruments on an attached computer simply by moving their hands in the air above it. What is so magical about the instrument is that it makes extremely high technology completely invisible and so is the perfect compliment to Jo's graceful stage presence (described by Caroline Sullivan of the Guardian as "unearthly"). The model Jo is using is unique and enables her to literally pick sounds out of the air.
Gown was produced by Jon Cotton, who produced Scott Matthew’s Ivor Novello Award-winning album Elusive, and was initially released in summer 2010. The single hink Of Me caused 2009 Mercury nominee Sweet Billy Pilgrim to enthuse “When Jo sings, something thaws that I didn’t even realise was frozen.”
Award winning Jo Hamilton is an enigma. Occasionally compared to Goldfrapp or even Bjork, she’s more likely to crash into your consciousness as some kind of perfectly imagined symbiosis of K.D. Lang fronting Sigur Ros. Stemming from a nomadic family with roots in both Kenya and Jamaica, Jo was brought up in a house two miles from the nearest neighbour in the wilds of northern Scotland.
A snapshot of the intensity of this wilderness is revealed by Jo herself: “There were three of us in our one-room primary school at the top of a hill in the Highlands. With our teacher from the Isle of Skye, we sang together, nostalgic old Gaelic lullabies and island folk songs about the land, sea, and returning home, while in the distance we could hear the roars of the rutting stags.”
“Singular and unforgettable, Hamilton is quite a discovery" The Guardian ****
“An amazing voice that can glide like KD Lang and essay Bjork weirdness” Uncut ****
“The sort of album that will spread from music lover to music lover purely by word of mouth”
Independent On Sunday ****
The Independent ****