Temples by RISE

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TEMPLES from the new album STRANGERS
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Video by Alex T and RISE (Jo Beth Young)
Released by Wise Queen Records

Written and performed by RISE (Jo Beth Young)
Guitar: Peter Yates
Guitar: Matthew Rochford
Cello: Ben Roberts
Violin: Helen Ross
Drums: Ric Byer
Beats: Matt Blackie.

Mixed by Kev Bolus
Mastered by Denis Blackham.


New RISE (Talitha Rise) Album Featuring Fields of The Nephilim Guitarist to be Pre-Launched Via IndieGoGo Campaign

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Imagine a journey of 9 songs recorded by a team of 7 musicians in different counties, countries and locations.

Improvised ethereal pianos echoing around 600 year old Welsh farmhouses and vocals meandering across the craggy stone landscape of rural Ireland.

RISE’s new musical journey weaves together intimate and cinematic stories marrying echoes of the past with the present day.

Support the effort of this independently released album and become a Stranger no more.


Introducing the new ethereal progressive Indie-Folk album from RISE

A letter from RISE about the making of the album. 

The Music

It’s really exciting to present this album to you.  After 18 months of writing, recording and production (much of which was done whilst touring or travelling) it’s almost ready for release.  The final piece of the jigsaw is you.

The vision behind this creation was to use mainly improvised songs that were originally played only once and then hone them into multi-faceted, deeply textured, fully produced songs. You’ll hear ambient soundscapes, beats mixed with dark rock guitars, folky art-pop and rousing strings. It has been a liberating experience and is unbleached from the humanness behind the music so you can hear the piano pedals or floorboards creak, a clock tick, a dog bark or even the occasional bows hitting the mic.  It’s up close, vivid, yet full of mystery. 


The artwork for Strangers was something that came to me whilst walking in the Welsh mountains where the main thread of the album began. I felt an autumnal colour to the songs, the fading light of the past and yet a simultaneous resurgence and rebirth.

Craig Sinclair took this brilliant photo in the village I was born in Sussex and I worked on bringing the colours and layers into it to represent the feeling of the music itself – richly layered and emergent. I hope you enjoy it.


David Gray once wrote a line that has stuck with me – “and when we meet again, we will be strangers”. That, in‌ ‌a‌ ‌nutshell, the idea behind this album.

Did I mention rebirth and resurgence? This album traverses the challenge of the personal ‘abyss’ and the emergence from the bleakness of loss and separation. This gives way to hope, wisdom and the taking of responsibility.

Then there are the influences of the landscapes and buildings the songs were written in and around – each location adds another layer of meaning and context to the stories within each song.

An old Sewing Woman tells the story and lessons of her life by the fire whilst another in Strangers recounts her husband returning from war so changed that he is now unrecognisable. The inevitability and bitter-sweetness of change are apparent. The Earth sings a quiet love song to the Moon, silence is used as a weapon.

Expect strong imagery, metaphor and folk-tale wrapped up within the rawness of the present.


Though the album has been many months in the making, two of the tracks Burnt Offerings and Skysailing are older. The latter almost crept onto my last album ‘An Abandoned Orchid House’ but it wasn’t quite the right fit. It’s now found its rightful home here.

Burnt Offerings was recorded in a manor house in Sussex and the eerie chime of a grandfather clock is heard, almost hidden in the mix. It sets the tone for a piano-led set of songs.

Since the last album, I have started working with a fabulous team of musicians as my live band. Their improvisations and unique styles of creativity have made it the alchemical mix it is. For example, Peter Yates (from the legendary Fields Of The Nephilim) has added not only his guitars but other gorgeous unexpected events like old transistor radio sounds, Ebow and keyboards.



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Cover of David Bowie’s ‘Where Are We Now’
by Yates and Young from upcoming EP Splinters.
Releasing on September 27th at:

Footage: Dandy George and Rosie –  1927

Peter Yates: Guitars, Synths, Keys, Drum Programming
RISE (Jo Beth Young): Vocals
Bass: Jules Bangs

Produced by Yates and Young
Mixed by Kev Bolus
Mastered by Denis Blackham



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New Peter Yates (Fields Of The Nephilim)  5 track EP collaboration with Jo Beth Young (RISE)

Peter Yates (Fields Of The Nephilim) releases a new EP of progressive, deeply atmospheric, dark and beautiful tracks in collaboration with Jo Beth Young (aka RISE).

The EP comprises of signature Peter Yates guitar sounds, progressive pieces and two surprising covers all featuring the haunting ethereal vocals of Young throughout. The first is to be released 20.09.19 and is of David Bowie’s “Where Are We Now”.

The self released EP will be available on Peter Yates bandcamp site here.

A music video for Where Are We Now is available for premiere and was made by Young using footage of her great grandfather, music hall and vaudeville artist Dandy George. The rare footage is of him on stage performing with his dog Rosie in 1927.

This will be the first Yates and Young release following the Yates and Delaney EP (which Young guested on) and the second for Yates this year after guesting on the EVI VINE album Black, White, Light, Dark released this February.

Dark Cloud by Rise

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Dark Cloud submerges us in the overhang of a suffocating experience which is brilliantly portrayed by film maker Alex T’s unnerving music video starring actress Anna Wraith. The electronic dream folk track features Peter Yates (Fields of the Nephilim) whose signature guitars hang ominously under RISE’s haunting vocals. The song is the first hint at RISE’s follow up album to her acclaimed debut An Abandoned Orchid House.

“The most perfect recording I’ve heard this year, maybe in a couple of years” John Diliberto ECHOES, USA
‘Full of grace and beauty” **** PROG Magazine
“More hauntingly beautiful than Kate Bush on a good day” BBC INTRO DEVON

R I S E Pre-album tour warm up gigs (showcasing Strangers LIVE) July 11th – B Bar Plymouth July 12th – The Angel Gallery – Totnes July 13th – Feather’s Hotel, Ledbury Fringe Festival July 27th Lepallooza, Bude Cornwall

R I S E (aka Jo Beth Young) is an English songwriter whose relentlessly authentic songs and mesmeric voice cut deep into the fabric of human frailty with a visionary sound swaying hypnotically between dream folk and progressive grit; at times dark but always beautiful.

Since the release of her debut album ‘An Abandoned Orchid House’ in 2018 (under the longer moniker of Talitha Rise) she has been gathering international acclaim and support from BBC 6, BBC Introducing Devon, and the legendary ECHOES Radio in the USA who made her the number 1 album of the year. Establishing her unique sound early on in Ireland cutting her teeth on the folk circuit, she returned to the UK and met her long-term collaborator Martyn Barker (Shriekback, Goldfrapp, Robert Plant) and caught the attention of Chris Difford (Squeeze) who sang on her debut EP Blue.

As a live artist R I S E, has started to reach new heights. Opening for acts such as Renaissance, Boo Hewardine, Julia Biel, Antonio Forcione and Shriekback, and she has held the spellbound attention of audiences at The Maltings, St. Pancras London, and sold out her 2017 and 2018 headline shows in Sussex and Devon.