Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Erl-King

"The woods enclose. You step between the first trees and then you are no longer in the open air; the wood swallows you up." - Angela Carter, The Erl-King 

In Angela Carter's fairytale a young woman is seduced by The Erl-King who lives in the woods. His eyes are green as if from looking at too much wood and the caged birds that sing his song were once human girls.

The illustrator and puppeteer, Layla Holzer, is making a short film adaptation of the story, mixing live action, stop motion and her beautiful, hand-crafted puppets. I'll be composing an original score for the film. While the final cut is in production an interim version will be posted online, featuring music from the 'Girl/Phoenix' EP and also previously unheard snippets from new Moth Rah songs. A promise of things to come!

You can see more about this project and Layla's fairytale inspired work at

Monday, 7 April 2014

Of Golden Eggs and Trees That Stare

 Long term collaborator, friend and artist extraordinaire, Daria Hlazatova, drew this beautiful portrait of me.

It's inspired by some photos we took last month on a windy day in a London park.  I'm really looking forward to showing them to you!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The Legend of the Demon Tree

My vocals have been used by one known as 'Melmoth the Wanderer' on the hauntology* track, 'The Legend of the Demon Tree'.

Using audio relics taken from the now (all but) forgotten Portuguese television series, the 'Field Bazaar', Melmoth has reconstructed the atmosphere and scenes of different episodes.

In 'The Legend of the Demon Tree', the Wanderer has sent a disturbing update from a haunted wood on the eastern edge of the Field Bazaar - he reports that legends of the Demon Tree are rife in this area and that there have been several unexplained disappearances recently. 

Will you join him as he investigates these claims further? 

 * Hauntology is an idea within the philosophy of history, referring to the idea of "the paradoxical state of the spectre, which is neither being nor non-being" and acknowledges the notion that the present only exists in relation to the past.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Prickly Forests and Castles Made of Sand

Jardin Marjorelle



Camel prints

These photos were taken on a ten day trip to Morocco from which I have just returned. I stayed for a few days in the hippie beach town of Essaouira where Jimi Hendrix used to live and about which it is claimed he wrote the song 'Castles Made of Sand'.

In Marrakesh I took recordings of the drumming in Jamaa El Fna square, and also sampled peacock cries in Taroudant. So those may work their way into some songs of mine soon.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

All Around This Room

Recently I contributed vocals to a track by 'The Baroque Blues Band'. The song is called 'All Around This Room' and it is from their album: '2nd Guitar Concerto in B#'.

The vocal is double tracked, sixties-style to get that slightly dreamy, echo-chamber feel. I hope you approve! Personally I always enjoy a bit of the sixties vibe.

You can hear more from 'The Baroque Blues Band' over at their bandcamp.

First Flight

Just over a week ago was the official release of my first songs out into the big wide world. They were accepted with open arms, which I am very grateful for. 

Here is some of the praise I was lucky enough to receive for my EP, thanks to Jeremy Daniel at

'It isn't hard to imagine someone like Cassandra Solon Parry devoting herself to writing fantasy if she weren't already devoted to making music... Her lyrics are rife with images of phoenixes and paper birds, caterpillars and sea monsters that inhabit a world of lush gardens punctuated by rainbow moons and shooting stars—all of which makes it easy to imagine Parry's name gracing the spines of hard-bound fantasy novels.

Yet for all of the fantasy, her songs are rooted in the human condition, and those elements serve as vehicles for
Parry's exploration of subjects ranging from heartache and joy to introspection and rebirth. Her lyrics are more suggestive than they are autobiographical, allowing the listener to connect personally with her words rather than just living vicariously through them. The music on Girl/Phoenix occupies a space somewhere between the melodrama of Bat For Lashes and the gothic chill of Zola Jesus, which lies in contrast to Parry's ethereal voice, resulting in a sound that can best be described as enchanting.

Parry paints bold strokes with her voice, and she's able to convey even the heaviest of emotion with a sense of grace and restraint. 'Rise' opens with Parry addressing the process of rebuilding after a broken heart: “Broken heart, broken head, broken ice/ Broken like a Cinderella slipper/Dashed like a fallen shooting star/“Gather up the splinters to re-create your eyes/ Rise.” Her tone is haunting but eerily comforting, and her voice reverberates from behind murky pools of synthesizers and sparkling chimes carried by a scraping electronica beat.
Over the thunderous rolls of percussion on 'Rainbow Moon', Parry contemplates both regret and resolution with lines like “I have no regrets, tears mixed into the rain/The wolf cries but the moon comes round again” that echo from far off in the distance, riding the shimmering waves of synthesizers that conjure feelings of rays of sun piercing through early morning clouds.
'Bambino' in turn is the most gentle song on here, and the most joyous in terms of both its music and lyrics; it begins with frail drips of piano and the sound of birds off in the distance followed by delicate chimes that resemble melting icicles falling to the ground. Parry's vocals are doe-eyed and even wondrous as she walks us through a serene garden with herself and her lover, along with a lovely lady and her child in tow. The 11-minutes of music on Girl/Phoenix amounts to peering through the keyhole of a door leading to a fantasy world that hopefully, Parry will allow us inside of sooner or later when she delivers a full-length album.'
Well, we shall have to see about an album won't we... Encouraged by such a warm welcome I am working on some new songs. 

Oh my, it seems what looked very much like an ending might be a beginning after all...

Saturday, 1 December 2012

CDs and Ribbon Bows

So here are the CDs for my first release, the 'Girl/Phoenix' EP, with cover art by Daria Hlazatova. The CD sleeves are printed on 100% recycled card and even though the discs are 'vinyl-look' don't be fooled - they will play on any regular CD hifi, but wouldn't be very cooperative on a turntable. If you'd like one you can place an order over at my Bandcamp . They are on sale for £4.00.

It was so wonderful to work with Daria on this project. If you don't already know her work, she is a Ukrainian artist inspired by fairytale, theatre and music. A lot of her work is online at 'All Pencils of Mine are Sugar Plums' where you can buy her original drawings and prints. I am the very proud owner of a Joanna Newsom portrait of hers, which to be honest I'm just pleased Joanna didn't nab first (as much as I love and adore her)!

Hope you like the CDs!