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You’ve already heard Phildel’s music, though you may not know it. Her songs have been used on a wealth of TV adverts, from Marks & Spencers to Expedia, including a (particularly poignant) award-winning Persil ad and most recently Apple iPad. They have sound-tracked movies and are cited as an inspiration by Mariah Huehner, author of the True Blood and Angel comic books. They have been used in theatre productions and by celebrity fashion designer Henrietta Ludgate’s live shows. It, therefore, comes as a surprise to discover that Phildel is an artist whose deep appreciation for sound stems from an understanding of silence. During a childhood in which music was forbidden by her religious stepfather, she came to know silence well.

Despite her natural love for music, for 10 years Phildel was left to imagine the sounds she would fill the silence with, if she could. Her sound world is, subsequently, a departure into the world of imagination. Ultimately, the spectral compositions, that make up her debut album, The Disappearance Of The Girl, are intimate documents from an unusual and difficult childhood.

The 28 year-old songwriter, producer and arranger grew up in a household where music was forbidden, on the instruction of her mother’s second husband, a fundamentalist Muslim from Egypt. With no CD player, no radio and no piano at home, it was in secret – in the school’s practice room at lunchtime – that the seeds of her unique sound were sewn.

Phildel’s debut album contains twelve magical songs of resistance and escape, written in the years after she took the difficult decision to break away from the oppressive household. Composing day and night, Phildel created the epic, haunting and innovative music she had dreamt of. Her music is a journey into the landscape of her imagination, at times beautifully enchanting, at others, raw and horrific.

Phildel agrees that her creative isolation helped foster a sound that is hard to categorise: “To write each song, I closed my eyes, played a single note and let my inner- ear guide me. I "heard" each melody unfold and tried to allow my unconscious mind to communicate each track.”

Bit by bit, here is a young woman who has mastered music, simply by following her instincts. The Disappearance Of The Girl is proof, if proof were needed, that restriction can be a route to real creativity.