“A New World of Silence and Control”

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What does it sound like when someone who grew up without music becomes a musician?

For British songstress Phildel, who was raised in an abusive home where she was forbidden to listen to music, that hypothetical question is a reality—and its answer is “It would sound pretty cool, actually.”

This Guardian profile goes into more detail about her intensely weird upbringing and the otherworldly music she managed to pry from it.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →