David Philips – Winter (Black & Tan B&T 962) UK born but long based in Spain, David Philips has been working over the last few years as a folk inflected artist for Holland’s Black & Tan Records, one man and a guitar, and so this release for the blues label – David’s sixth, not including a couple of remix tracks – might come as a surprise. It is still a solo effort, but the guitar is electric, blues harmonica crops up occasionally and there is a rhythm section behind David’s excellent vocals. All the songs are David’s of course, he plays all the instruments, and he even provided the cover art. The sound ranges from indie-rock to blues, with comparisons being drawn with Ryan Adams and Doyle Bramhall II; I also hear a little Tom Petty in there too, ‘Running’ opens with a riff a little like Jimi Hendrix’s cover of ‘All Along The Watchtower’ before turning in the direction of Neil Young maybe, and ‘That’s Alright’ recalls early 70s Pink Floyd with a long, space-y passage. Mind you, ‘The One’ is a strong slab of blues-rock. This release contains eight rootsy, hook-laden songs, and if this review has intrigued you, then do check out this release..
David Philips is een singer-songwriter, sessie-gitarist en producer uit de U.K. Zijn debuutalbum was ‘Heal Yourself Alone’ in 2010 en was net na de release “Album Of The Week” bij de BBC Radio. Vervolgens steeg het in 2011 naar plaats 34 in de Top 100 Roots-Country Albums in de US. Na een korte tour door Nederland en België tekende hij bij het Nederlandse label Black and Tan Records die de volgende vier albums van hem uitbracht. Hij staat bekend om zijn solitaire manier van werken in de studio. Hij schrijft zelf zijn nummers (tekst en muziek), produceert, neemt op, speelt bijna alle instrumenten zelf en verzorgt alle vocalen. Zijn albums ‘The Rooftop Recordings 1 en 2’ en ‘December Wine (The Four Track Tapes)’ nam hij thuis in Barcelona op met een Tascam 4-Track recorder. Ook is David Philips een begenadigd tekenaar en verzorgt hij het artwork voor al zijn albums zelf. Direct na het opnemen van ‘The Rooftop Recordings 2’ in 2016 trok hij zich opnieuw terug in zijn studio in zijn ‘rooftop’ appartement in Barcelona waar hij zich tijdens de wintermaanden toelegde op het schrijven en opnemen van nieuwe songs. Hij liet zich inspireren door blues-rock en soul en omdat hij een multi-instrumentalist is nam hij (bijna) zelf alles op en produceerde zelf met een ‘full band sound’ in gedachten. Vergeleken met zijn eerdere werk is dit zijn meest rock gerichte album. Een kort album is het wel, acht songs in bijna een half uur. Maar wel afwisselend. Stevig rockend en melodieus zoals het openingsnummer Changes, akoestisch en met mondharmonica in het nummer Home, en ook een soulballad met Your Way. Maar in alle songs prachtige teksten en natuurlijk zijn steeds verrassende gitaarspel van rustig akoestisch tot scheurend elektrisch. Mocht je David Philips nog niet kennen, dan hoop ik dat je na het lezen van deze recensie de moeite neemt om zijn laatste album ‘Winter’ te beluisteren, misschien wel aan te schaffen of hem te zien optreden. Een werkelijk prachtig veelzijdig album van een meesterlijke muzikant. Bennuman
November 2016 to March 2017 David Philips locked himself in his studio and spent the winter months writing and recording new material. Harking back to the full band sound of his debut album, but this time with a grittier sound centred mainly around the electric guitar and his new found love of the drum kit. Very much the studio loner David wrote, recorded and produced the whole record himself, playing all instruments and also designing the artwork. David says of the writing process : “With these songs I was experimenting with a new way of writing, something much more spontaneous, organic and immediate, trying my best to keep the inner critic at bay for as long as possible. I was able to centre the songs around what I hope are strong hooks and allowing myself to write with the electric guitar rather than the acoustic gave the songs a different energy.” Stylistically sitting somewhere between Ryan Adams and Doyle Bramhall II, yet as ever with his own instantly recognisable sound, Philips mixes pop, blues, rock and a touch of soul on this compact and to the point collection of 8 new songs entitled simply “Winter.”
The music will be released digital only and is available on all download and streaming platforms.
It might be mid-March but Winter is coming…the new musical concoction from David Philips, that is. The British ex-pat singer-songwriter performed his familiar ritual of holing himself up in his home studio and emerged with a fresh batch of recorded originals. Winter, recorded over much of this still-lingering cold season, is expected to drop in late March/early April through Black And Tan Records, but the folks over at Black and Tan have already provided a preview of what to expect. “Home” is the advance single from Philips’ newest creation, now available in digital form, and streamable above. What is immediately noticeable from followers of Philips is that he went ‘full band’ this time, not unlike 2015’s If I Had Wings but all instrumentation here and the rest of the album is handled by Philips alone and he remains firmly on the folk reservation this time. Actually, Winter could be thought of as a proper follow-up to his debut record. Still, it’s a bit of a jolt to hear his twelve-string acoustic guitar soon joined by harmonica, bass, drums, backing vocals and more guitars. What isn’t different is a voice with the warm soulfulness of Aaron Neville and a bright melody that sticks with you long after the last chord rings out. David Philips might change his tactics from time to time but the overall strategy of delivering quality, hand-made folk music never wavers.
Today we released the first single from an upcoming David Philips album
B&T 961 – David Philips – Home
November 2016 to March 2017 David Philips locked himself in his studio and spent the winter months writing and recording new material. Harking back to the full band sound of his debut album, but with more grit, more electric guitar, more to say and a clearer idea of how to say it. Very much the studio loner David recorded and produced the whole record himself, playing all instruments and also designing the artwork. “Home” is the upbeat new single from this collection of recordings entitled simply “Winter” due out April 10 !
The single is available on all streaming and download platforms.
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David Philips is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from the UK. His work as a solo artist and session guitar player has taken him around the world playing venues and festivals such as Montreaux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Marciac Jazz Festival (France) Delhi Jazz Festival (India), Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Blue Balls Festival (Switzerland), Mare De Agosto Festival (Azores Islands), plus studio work and live shows in the U.S. and South East Asia. He has also written and recorded productions for companies such as MTV, VH1, Audi and Volkswagon and his Cigar Box Guitar driven song “What Am I?” was used by Redbull, bringing a little more worldwide attention to his music. In 2017 his song “Hummingbird” was used on History Channel’s navy seals based drama “Six”.
Philips self released his debut album “Heal Yourself Alone” in 2010 and was quickly selected as Album Of The Week by Robert Elms at BBC Radio London. It was also at #34 in the top 100 roots/country albums of 2011, compiled by Roots Music Report in the US. After a short tour of Holland and Belgium Philips signed with Black and Tan Records in Holland and released his next 4 albums with the Dutch label. Philips is known for his D.I.Y approach in the studio, writing, recording and producing all his albums himself as well as playing almost all instruments and tracking all vocals. The Rooftop Recordings (2011) was recorded in his rooftop apartment in Barcelona, Spain while December Wine (The 4 Track Tapes) (2013) is a selection of demos recorded using a Tascam 4 track cassette machine. 2015’s “If I Had Wings” saw David expand as a composer and producer by including touches of electronica, psychedelia and jazz alongside his usual acoustic and voice approach.
“The Rooftop Recordings 2” (2016) Philips returned to his rooftop apartment in Barcelona to record, getting back to basics with just guitar and voice captured with 2 mics and all doors and windows wide open, a real “fly on the wall” experience. Philips is also a talented painter/draughtsman and his drawings and paintings of birds have provided the artwork for his last 2 releases, giving a good reason to own a CD copy.
Straight after putting out RTR2 David locked himself in his studio for the Winter months and set to work on songs based around a full band sound and electric guitar. The result is “Winter” an 8 song digital album released in April 2017. Drawing from Blues Rock and Soul for inspiration, Winter is David’s most Rock oriented record to date.
David Philips has toured Europe extensively over the past 6 years and continues to showcase his world class guitar playing and carefully crafted songs and stories to a growing audience.