O ATLAS – Where I’m Calling From

Going through my stash of old tracks we’ve previously played on 6 Music Introducing, I came across this mysterious piece by the Portugese musician Joao Cabrita as part of his O Atlas project. The words are by the Welsh poet Kelvin Hayes, but delivered by Joao himself in this strange and slightly otherworldly performance, which he then set to music. I’d fogotten how much I love this track.

Being on holiday this week, my wife treated me to a real Austin breakfast at our local Carluccios and I left my iPhone 4 on the next table, shooting video through the restaurant window. Looking through the footage back home, it suddenly occurred to me to try “Where I’m Calling From” as a soundtrack. After desaturating the picture in iMovie ’11 and putting in these long ghostly cross dissolves, it fitted quite well.

We first played the track in August 2008 and you can still hear the full length version on the O Atlas MySpace page.

Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More...


  1. Hi, Tom.
    Just came across your post. Thank you so much for The kind words.
    And for The video. Would it he ok To share it? You’re right, the mood suits the song perfectly.
    Joao Cabrita

  2. Thanks Tom, what a funny old world as Phil Collins once said. Co-incidently I think the track would go nice with your 1983 track Atmospherics (Listen to the Radio). Best, KH


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