The Phoenix And The Olive Tree
1 : The Phoenix And The Olive Tree
2 : The Phoenix And The Olive Tree (Instrumental)
3 : The Phoenix And The Olive Tree (Radio Edit)
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New single The Phoenix and the Olive Tree is Sephine Llo’s first release since debut album I, Your Moon in October 2017, which garnered attention from the likes of Wonderland, 405, Clash, BBC3 Late Junction and Radio X ‘Xposure’. The new single is an old unreleased track newly reworked and lyrically laced with a new and unforeseen poignancy. It was originally penned as a wedding present to Sephine’s late husband and music collaborator Robert Lloyd-Wilson (of Autumn Chorus) who tragically died of cancer in 2017. The release date of 4 June marks the 2-year anniversary since Sephine's performance at a charity memorial concert honouring her late husband and raising over £2.5k for Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research charity, a performance undertaken with the artist pregnant with their first child. In a wonderful symmetry, Sephine will be marking the release of her new single with another fundraising gig, at The Harrison, London on 7 June, a gig that will be performed once again pregnant as Lloyd-Wilson is expecting the couple’s second child (thanks to the wonders of IVF).
The song was written before Robert Lloyd-Wilson’s diagnosis but still written with deep emotion exploring as Sephine expands “how all of the pain of our pasts had been washed away by finding each other, like being reborn into a new life of joy and happiness.” The Phoenix and the Olive Tree references previous songs from both artists - at the start it nods to Autumn Chorus' track Bye Bye Now, written about Robert Lloyd-Wilson losing his own mother to cancer. The song also alludes to Sephine's album track Barren Heart and explores finding the capacity to love again despite thinking it impossible. This symbolism of grief and rebirth has evolved over time with Robert’s passing and with the birth of their first child Laurie, and now the life cycle soon to repeat again with the birth of his sister.
Each year Sephine Llo raises money for the aforementioned Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research charity, last year 6k was raised by a sponsored head shave. The video for Phoenix and the Olive Tree, directed by Jessie Rodger, captures this moment with the song's themes of loss and rebirth found in Sephine's stunning transformation, with the 27 inches of hair shaved off donated to The Little Princess Trust.
All money made from the single will be donated to Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research. Donation link can be found here : https://kidscan.org.uk/donate/