I’ve played guitar and sung in various bands along with a few solo releases over the years….
In November 2018 I followed up an electronica instrumental album called ‘Eurocentric’ I had released in 2003 under the name Christine X on my Double Snazzy label. ‘Eurocentric’ was recorded at Bark in East London and got some nice reviews in the alternative / d.j. music press.
’….wistful, mellow, unhurried and gorgeous.’ 4 stars D.J. Magazine
’…unfathomably beautiful music.’ Careless Talk Costs Lives
Fifteen years later, I started to release more music as Christine X. Mainly instrumental. I will be releasing one track for each letter of the alphabet, on the label I have started to go with this blog – IndieThroughTheLookingGlass.
It’s been going well, so far with plays on BBC 6 Music and by Andrew Weatherall.
My band right now. I love Kodiak Island. We get together and play music whenever we can. Not as often as I’d like to. We record in guitarist Richard‘s garage and I do a bit in my home studio. We play locally in bars and occasionally a little further a field.
The Lemon EP was released by Musical Bear on 27th July 2018.
The Orange EP was released in October 2017 on Musical Bear Records.
It’s our first recordings as we expanded from a four to a five piece. A couple of the tracks were played a few times on BBC 6 Music in November / December 2017. Features the instrumental ‘Simplicity’. Video made by me on my phone driving at night in Spain.
‘The Golden Section’
The debut Kodiak Island album, released on Musical Bear in 2016. Features ‘Real Thing’. Video directed by John Peddie and filmed in my house.
Kodiak Island on….
My debut solo album, ‘Upheaval‘. Recorded in one afternoon at Bark Studio in East London in 2010 and released in early 2011. All one takes, no over dubs. Released on the Static Caravan label. The cover photo is of myself and a couple of my brothers, taken on the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides by my Dad. I have a great fondness for this record and what it took to make.
‘9 x 7’
My second solo album, released on Strikeback Records in January 2015. ‘9 x 7’ is 9 songs recorded by 7 musicians. The strings are arranged by Mike Siddel who has previously worked with Laura Marling, Josh T. Pearson and Mumford and Sons. I played all the bass and synth parts along with some of the electric guitar plus my usual acoustic. I guess I produced it too. I worked with Brian O’Shaughnessy at Bark Studio. It was pretty hard organising all the other musicians, booking the studio and organising travel for everyone. Also, playing, singing and creating. I think I possibly spread myself a bit too thin. The cover photo was once again taken by my Dad, it’s from a family wedding in the early 1970s. For me, ‘9 x 7’ has some great moments (mainly the tracks featuring the strings) and a few that didn’t quite hit the spot…it got some nice reviews though.
‘Her second solo album leans towards her folkier side – but fills out the sound with bewitching electronic percussion and lovely guitar leads.’ The Sunday Times / Essential New Releases
‘The album we hoped Beth Gibbons might’ve made if she’d ever followed up her Rustin Man project – which is high praise indeed’ Uncut
‘Bartlett’s voice has the pitch and crystal clarity of The Sunday’s Harriet Wheeler.’ Q
‘Bartlett ploughs a narrow furrow, but she does it with compelling conviction’ Mojo
‘Fans of Nick Drake and Beth Orton should investigate’ The Daily Express
‘Her beautiful, clear as a mountain stream vocals, float deliciously over sweet instrumentation, making this a really glowing release.’ The Crack Magazine
Jo Bartlett on…
This was my prog rock, psychedelic, instrumental adventure. We released a few vinyl singles on Static Caravan and then followed them up with this great album. This is another record I’m very proud of.
‘The spirit of classic West Coast psychedelia is alive and well and living in The Yellow Moon Band.’ **** The Independent
‘..moments of glory abound on this bright, funky outstandingly groovy album.’ **** Mojo
‘..groovy throwback prog-band….astral rocking…..Eastern flavours’ **** The Scotsman
‘A beautifully, bewitching listen.’ N.M.E.
‘1970s cosmic metal riffs……..delirious guitars.’ Metro
‘I’m looking forward to seeing this record at the top of writer’s End of the Year lists.’ Shindig!
With over 100,000 views, I guess my biggest ‘hit’ is ‘Chimney’ by The Yellow Moon Band, which is included on the Ubisoft computer game, Rocksmith.
Also included on the album, the single ‘Maybach‘. Video directed by Jason Glenister
We released a stand alone 7″ single as our final release. A double ‘A’ side, ‘Barehed’ / ‘Reign‘.
Here’s ‘Barhed‘. Video directed by Ewan Jones Morris
Copies of ‘Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World’ are now selling on eBay for £100.
We released these all on Static Caravan.
Green Vinyl 12: Polaris Richard Norris Remix.
Maybach (7″ single)
Entangled (7″ single)
We also had tracks featured on ‘A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble‘ compilation album along with Miles Davis, Can, Pentangle, Hawkwind and Donovan.
and Fred Deakin (Lemon Jelly) ‘Nu Balearica‘ compilation.
The Yellow Moon Band on….
‘Lank Haired Girl To Bearded Boy’
Our debut album, originally released on our own Double Snazzy label. After Jo Whiley played a track three days in a row on her daytime Radio 1 show, we signed to R.C.A. and the album got re released. I will always love everything about this record.
‘Spellbinding’ The Times 4 stars
‘Heartfelt vocals and swathes of Vini Reilly-style guitar.’ **** Mojo
‘Ferocious joie de verve’ **** Q
‘a carefree fusion of Ancient and modern’ Uncut
‘Spritualized fronted by Carol King’ The Face
‘Loaded with sprit’ The Observer
‘Folk to feed your soul’ i.D. Magazine
‘Beautiful’ The Daily Telegraph
‘A defining record’ NME 8/10
Including ‘Love Expression’ directed by James Le Bon
My brief dalliance with a major label. Danny and I were signed to R.C. A. for a year and produced this during our time there. Not my favourite time or recording to be honest!
It did get some good reviews. It’s out of print and hard to get now.
‘The sort of record that makes the sun shine brightly’ **** The Times
‘But We Have The Music‘
We picked ourselves up and dusted ourselves down after getting dropped by R.C.A. and recorded this little beauty. I wish that this album had actually been the follow up to ‘Lank Haired Girl…’ but you can’t always choose how things pan out! We recorded at Rockfield in Wales and Bark in East London and some stuff at home too. We had to set up our record label, Double Snazzy again to release it as we had been dropped by R.C.A.. It ended up getting released on different labels, in Japan, Germany and Spain along with the U.K..
I’m proud to say it got lots of lovely reviews including Album of the Week in ‘The Sunday Times’.
The album includes ‘Let It Happen‘ the video is directed by Jason Glenister.
Our folk album. We invited Scottish musicians Daimh to play on this record with us. It turned out beautifully, but it took an awful lot out of us. We were also in the middle of organising the 2005 Green Man Festival and we wanted to release this album in August, when the festival would be taking place. Sometimes my vocals sound very tired to me, but I think it has some real classy songs and all the other musicians are brilliant.
Once again we were delighted to get a great round of reviews.
‘The extra space allows Bartlett’s milky tones to flourish, and with such an improvement in their songwriting there isn’t quite the need for adornment.’ **** The Times
‘Reflective, pastoral, song craft.’ Mojo
‘..a collection of songs that lifts the heart and brightens the spirit in one fell swoop. A guilt free joy from beginning to end.’ Word
‘…intelligent, serious, civilised and quietly unique.’ Record Collector
‘It soars like a rainbow. Glows like amber. Conjures sunrises. Eases hangovers.’ Plan B
Including ‘In Spite of Love‘
It’s Jo and Danny on….
This Best of album is made up of recordings as Go! Service and Bluetrain, the two bands I was in who were on Dreamworld Records. Dreamworld was run by Dan Treacy from The T.V. Personalities and was part of the early indie C-86 movement. The album was released on Palestina Records, who are based in Peru, in 2010.
‘Some Greater Love: The Best of Bluetrain’
Including ‘Land of Gold‘ originally released as a 12″ single, on Dreamworld in 1987
My first ever release. Go! Service 12″ ‘It Makes Me Realise’ this was recorded when I was 18 in 1985 and released in 1986.
Bluetrain / Go! Service on…