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free music friday: quinta
June 5, 2009, 9:05 am
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‘At The Top Of Bear Hill’

With her debut solo album My Sister, Boudicca, multi-instrumentalist Quinta has put years of experience playing with the likes of Bat For Lashes, Clearlake and Orphans & Vandals to good use with an 11-track emotional tour de force conveyed mostly through subtle shifts in tone rather than bashing us round the chops with self-important key changes. Released through Tartaruga Recordings in a highly limited edition of 200 handmade card sleeves and unique inserts, the album is a real treasure that yields endearing new secrets with every listen. With a name like Quinta – given to her by her father, a teacher of Latin and Greek – it was perhaps inevitable that she would take an interest in the classics; certainly, My Sister, Boudicca seems to contain several centuries worth of influences. Her classical tropes combine with a neo-folk sensibility to create something that’s beautifully out of time. Sometimes baroque, always cinematic, it’s an unpredictable and hugely distinctive collection of evocative compositions.

Album closer ‘At The Top Of Bear Hill’ is one of the album’s purely instrumental tracks. Starting off with some melancholic whistling over a simple keyboard motif, Quinta gradually adds in plucked viola, homemade percussion and rhythmic handclaps, clarinet and what sounds like a tin whistle – some elements appearing only fleetingly while others reoccur. On this evidence, at the top of Bear Hill sits a fantastical copse full of curious owls and dancing fireflies that may or may not really be fairies. Indulge in this and other nostalgic and whimsical delights next Wednesday when Quinta joins Californian singer-songwriter (and Voice On The Verge alumna) Joni Davis and Caroline Weeks for an Electroacoustic Club presentation at The Slaughtered Lamb in London. My Sister, Boudicca is released to all major digital outlets on June 29th. MP3 after the jump.



My Sister, Boudicca
01 They Come, The Burning
02 James & The Ocean
03 Two Dead Birds
04 My Sister, Boudicca
05 Reading To Me
06 The Finest Riddle
07 Supernova
08 Sunday’s Child
09 In America
10 The Ballad Of The Ice Dancer
11 At The Top Of Bear Hill


FREE MP3: Quinta, ‘At The Top Of Bear Hill’

BONUS MP3: Joni Davis, ‘Black Smoke’

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