Jo Beth Young has today released her new video for the track ‘Adversity’, from her upcoming album ‘Broken Spells’.
Filmed in a cinematic style with an absolutely breathtaking location amidst a lucid final confrontation between Yin and Yang, ‘Adversity’ explores a more electronic but just as darkly cathartic side of Jo Beth young as she adds her unique style of music and Bhuddist/Shaolin influence into an audio/visual experience that will last with you long after that first look. Clear your mind and drain your soul. You may feel whole again after this.
The music video was filmed in The Burren Mountains in the West of Ireland and features Jo Beth’s good friend Miska Chaska. Miska is a modern medicine woman and yoga teacher who has lived and worked with the shamanic community in Peru for many years before returning to Ireland. She is very familiar with the buddhist mantras and has joined Jo Beth live for her concerts last year. The video was directed and shot by BBC script writer Nathan Cockerill (from Brighton) and Tomas Domansky, Miska’s partner.
The concept for the video was to show the fight and final union of Yin and Yang. The inspiration Jo Beth said is the Shaolin quote ‘It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.
Adversity written after I had spent some time revisiting Buddhist and Shaolin principles and practises in 2021. I love and very much believe the philosophy that we must be the change we wish to see in the world and that to end the violence outside, we must find a way to end it within. The idea is that when we find that balance between dark and light, Yin and Yang then the light/presence within us becomes indestructible. I wanted to acknowledge the hardness of doing that when the world itself can seem so hard and difficult to manouver in.
I chose to include a mantra to goddess of compassion and love Kuan Yin whose story is a moving and powerful example of overcoming persecution, violence and judgement. I originally wanted two female voices on the track to show this duality, but chose instead to do that visually in the music video instead. It was a real joy to bring this track to life with Peter Yates, Ben Roberts, Matt Blackie and of course Kev Bolus who I work with on all my tracks.Jo Beth Young
The track features Fields Of The Nephillim guitarist Peter Yates and Devon based Cellist Ben Roberts (Abrasive Trees, Evi Vine). All the parts were recorded at a distance between the UK and the cottage Jo was living in at the time in the West of Ireland.
A remix by Matt Blackie will be released at a later date in April.
Her new album ‘Broken Spells’ will be out later this year, the release date of which is not yet confirmed, but there is much more to come from the album yet!
The single will be available on all major streaming platforms, Bandcamp and Jo Beth’s website shop (links below).
About ‘Broken Spells’
Jo Beth’s new album Broken Spells will be the first official release under her own name and not under her previous stage names of Talitha Rise and RISE . It features members of her touring band ‘The Abandoned Orchestra’ as well as long term collaborator Peter Yates (Fields Of The Nephillim). Recorded and Produced between England, Ireland and Spain, the album is a thematic exploration of ‘spells’ breaking from both the personal and collective point of view.
She has been working on the record since she finished touring her last album STRANGERS in 2019. Interestingly, and perhaps spookily, during recent times, and after having named the new album, Jo Beth found out she was the descendant of Isobell Young – a Scottish woman who was accused, persecuted and executed for witch craft in the 1600’s. With the upcoming pardon of Scottish witches on the horizon, Jo Beth has recently been interviewed by publications such as The Sunday Times and Daily Mail on the subject and her feelings on creativity, healing and the end of persecution for women in particular.
Tracks from the new album will appear on upcoming film The Clear which is currently being produced in the UK.
About Jo Beth Young
Jo Beth Young is a visionary English singer-songwriter, musician and producer whose debut album An Abandoned Orchid House (2018 under the moniker Talitha Rise) received critical acclaim internationally, becoming ECHOES radio Album of the Year (which was remarkable for a previously unknown artist). With increasing support from PROG, BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 6 Music, Record Collector and Louder Than War, she released her second album STRANGERS (under RISE) in 2019 and has continued to enchant live audiences and her growing fan base across the UK with emotionally moving performance with her band ‘the abandoned orchestra’ that have been described as ‘exquisite’ (PROG) and saw her winning Female Soul West Artist Of The Year from Devon’s Listen With Monger.
She has recorded with and opened for a host of renowned artists including Chris Difford, Renaissance, Boo Hewerdine, Erik Visser, Shriekback, Juldeh Camara, Julia Biel and continues to work with Peter Yates (Fields Of The Nephilim) oh her past and current projects including their Yates and Young collaboration. She has been delighted to work with the prog label Sonic Bond, BMG publishing and Engineers such as Adi 800 (Bjork, Sigur Ros)Last year, as part of folk collaboration NIGHTSONG with John Reed and producer Ali Karim, the album ‘The Peasants’ Revolt’ was released under No Date For Prom Records.
Having completed her first live dates since 2019 recently, she is currently finishing her 3rd album and debut under her own name, due for release later this year.