Jo Quail launches new record label AdderStone Records + Announces vinyl reissue of ‘Exsolve’

August 4, 2019
Simon Kallas



Internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso cellist Jo Quail has today launched her own label AdderStone Records with the first release being the vinyl re-issue of last year’s album ‘Exsolve’. Released on 4th October the double vinyl edition of ‘Exsolve’ has been specially remastered for this format, and includes a brand new (fourth) track ‘Reya Pavan’. Jo comments, 

I set up AdderStone Records largely as a vehicle for my own releases, and ‘Exsolve’ as a special edition, double vinyl will be my first.  The idea of my own label has been in discussion for a while but in the last 12 months my profile has grown and this seems like a great way to draw attention to my previous albums for a new audience. I love the metal festivals and bands I’ve been part of this year but my influences are wide and eclectic. I want to maintain my own identity and I hope drawing my work together under Adderstone Records can aid that.

I intend to work backwards through my albums to make vinyl re-mastered editions of now-sold-out earlier releases, with Five Incantations coming out in early 2020, including a very special bonus track.

In the future I’d like to record and release some of my orchestral and ensemble works through AdderStone Records. I’ve always been independent and self-released, and I’m very happy to continue doing so until such time as I can’t carry everything to the post office every day (!) though a logical step in the future will be to look for a partner in distribution. It is an ambitious undertaking to set up AdderStone Records and put out these releases but at the same time it feels good and right to have a ‘home’ for my music.’ I have very talented people around me whose opinions I value and trust and who will always offer salient advice so I don’t feel I’m alone.

Whether it’s a CD or vinyl the overall look and feel of the finished package is all part of it for me and I value being able to maintain control of that area of production.  The artwork, sleeve notes and packaging are a part of the whole creative process and as such I feel should reflect the individual journey of each album in the various stages of composing, recording and producing the music and I refuse to compromise on this ethos. All of my CD releases have been uniquely packaged with several layers within the artwork itself, there for discovery should you so wish! With the physically larger format offered by vinyl sleeves I can be even more detailed with my packaging, which might be difficult to do under someone else’s label. 

Over the past few years Jo Quail has been touring extensively across Europe performing alongside the likes of Boris, Amenra, Caspian, God is an Astronaut, Myrkur, MONO, Årabrot, and Winterfylleth. Festival performances include ArcTanGent, WGT, Dunk!, Tramlines Festival, Handmade Festival, two separate concerts at the invitation of Robert Smith for his curation of the Southbank’s Meltdown Festival and most recently Hellfest. To support the release of this re-issue Jo will be touring the UK with Emma Ruth Rundle, followed by an appearance at Damnation Festival in Leeds.

‘Exsolve’ was originally recorded with Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios (Electric Wizard, Primordial, Witchsorrow) and released in November 2018 leading to coverage from the likes of Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, Echoes and Dust, Zero Tolerance, Cross Eyed Pianist and Distorted Sound. Most recently Jo was nominated in the Limelight category at the upcoming Progressive Music Awards. Commenting on the artwork for the vinyl re-issue Jo adds,

‘The packaging is beautiful, featuring the original artwork of Christian Fletcher, the cover is embossed and debossed, the sleeves and inserts contain imagery from Simon Kallas plus my own notation, and there is a new set of accompanying sleeve notes from Adrian Ainsworth.’

As with the original three tracks on Exsolve new piece ‘Reya Pavan’ began from the same thematic motif with Jo stating, ‘I worked with this, played with this, improvised around this and found, as with all the tracks, that this starting motif didn’t actually feature in the finished work. I wanted to pay tribute if you like to this thematic inspiration, so I have handwritten ‘Maquette’ as I’ve named it, and included this as sheet music for solo cello within the sleeve of the vinyl edition.’Pre-orders for the vinyl re-issue of ‘Exsolve’ coming soon via –

1) Forge – Of Two Forms2) Mandrel Cantus 3) Causleen’s Wheel 4) Reya Paven

26th September, The Exchange, Bristol w/ Emma Ruth Rundle

27th September, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Emma Ruth Rundle

28th September, Beta, Nottingham w/ Emma Ruth Rundle

29th September, The Dome, London w/ Emma Ruth Rundle

2nd November, Damnation Festival, Leeds

14th December, Village Underground, London w/ Nordic Giants

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