His vocals are smooth and silky while his accompaniment is simple and pure. This album is a treasure trove, with eight new songs, three acoustic demos and two remastered songs from his vast catalog. Regardless of whether the track is full band or acoustic demo, it is Philips’ voice that shines through. This album provides the perfect soundtrack for your down time, and will provide you with a plethora of repeat-worthy song. The smooth jazz and bluesy feel of “Another Day,” “My Gravity,” and “Nowhere” and the amazing instrumental “Red on Yellow” alone are worth the price of the CD.
Recommendation: Make a wise investment and Get this one today!
As singer-songwriters go, the thing that makes David Philips stand out whether he’s making an acoustic-based bare-bones record or a more fully produced affair is that he’s got a lot of soul. It’s there in his voice and present in his melodies. Just as 2017’s Winter titled toward his rock side, Get Along, his latest from Black And Tan Records, makes that soul more overt. Philips has never been afraid to put out his rougher recordings, he embraces it and it’s really to our benefit because there’s nothing to hide and nothing critical is missing from the demos. This time — and he’s done this with a song actually called “This Time” — he’s putting his rough-hewn product side-by-side with his (relatively) polished handiwork, which in either case all the chores are handled by him, and it’s hard to tell which version is better. The demo version of “My Gravity” is full of funky spirit with Philips accompanied himself only with an acoustic guitar. That was placed immediately following the fully developed version of the same song, which has its own charms but the raw version remains just as satisfying. The blues “Nowhere” (video below) is also paired with its demo version but it’s the stripped down take that’s more energetic and played in a higher key, altered to the point that you could be forgiven for thinking it’s an entirely different song. Philips uncorks some nasty blues harp in the middle of it, too; there might not be much musically he can’t do like a boss. Folk-soul, head-nodding, finger tapping rhythm and blues in an down-home wrapper is what make full band tracks such as “Another Day,” “Trim” and remakes of his own tunes “Mountain To Climb” and “When I’m Drunk” so irresistible. As a bonus, Philips’ jazz background makes a rare overt appearance on the instrumental fusion-ish number “Red On Yellow.” One thing that isn’t rare at all about a Philips record is that it’s all done by himself, from the composing to the playing and singing, to the production, engineering and mastering. But DIY isn’t for everybody, only for those who can do it all and do it all right. Philips is clearly that guy, and now we know that even when he does something by himself two different ways, both ways are the ‘right’ way. Get Along is available now digitally and available in CD form in September 2018 for those who also want more of Philips’ avian art to enjoy.
today we released:
B&T 044 – David Philips – Get Along
David Philips continues with his D.I.Y. approach for this his 7th album to date and his 6th on Black And Tan Records. Infusing Blues, Soul and Americana, he plays all the instruments on the record and also produced and recorded the album himself, as well as providing the hand drawn artwork. “Get Along” has a more upbeat and positive slant in terms of the songwriting compared to previous releases and although a full band sound is featured on most tracks, Philips still manages to keep things raw, organic and centered around his voice and acoustic guitar playing. With 8 new songs, 2 reworkings of old Philips classics and 3 acoustic demo bonus tracks, “Get Along” is the culmination of a lifetime of music making and music appreciation, showing how Philips continues to mature as both a performer, songwriter and producer.
This new record will be released digital now and later this year (September) we will follow with a physical release containing some more bird artwork from David.
Here are the links to the new release at a few popular platforms:
When surveying his history and discography it’s quite clear that David Philips is diversely talented enough to make whatever the hell kind of music he wants to make without any outside help, and make it well. So when this British expat who now call Barcelona, Spain his home locked himself up in a studio last winter to make a more-or-less straightforward rock album, it was going to be interesting to see if this singer-songwriter mostly known for stripped down folk hymns could maintain that notion. Winter, now out from Black and Tan Records, does. It’s a fully produced album, but perhaps ‘fully produced’ only by the standards of roots rock. Philips plays all the instruments, as he always does, but there’s more to play: guitars, bass, drums, lead and background vocals. He puts it all together in a mix that resembles a real band, and wrote eight new tunes that have hooks and riffs, leaving just enough space to let his lead guitarist side flourish. The furry analog blare of “Changes” is immediately inviting to ears attuned to seventies classic rock and the grit quickly dismisses any idea that Philips would go commercial. The soul-infused blues-rock “Mary” is a dead ringer for a Doyle Bramhall II cut, and an occasion for Philips to show what he’s got in the hot licks department. He takes a three-chord riff far on “Rich Man” and goes rural with harmonica and acoustic guitar on the eminently catchy “Home.” And then he shows off Hendrix chops with a dash of Bad Company and Stevie Ray Vaughan thrown in on “The One” (video above) as well as on “Running,” while “Your Way” downshifts to a lilting ballad tempo. The album closer “That’s Alright” seems bound to be all about a heavy guitar riff before unexpectedly encountering a soulful psychedelic interlude laced with ace blues chops. Clocking in at a lean half an hour, Winter concludes maybe a little sooner than we’d like, but that running time was par for course in the vinyl age, and it’s much better to have that old feeling even if it means revisiting one of its small limitations. At least I didn’t have to get up to flip the record over in the middle of it. David Philips has again made music without making any concessions.
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 Engelse muzikant, die in Barcelona woont. Hij debuteerde in 2010 met het in eigen beheer uitgebrachte Heal Yourself Alone. David maakt ook reclame-produkties voor bedrijven. Zo was hij onder meer succesvol met de song What Am I, die door Redbull wereldwijd werd verspreid. In 2011 werd de muziek van Philips voortaan uitgebracht door het Nederlandse label Black and Tan Records. Het debuut bij deze platenmaatschappij was de release van The Rooftop Recordings. Een album met liedjes die David in zijn appartement in Barcelona heeft opgenomen. Vorig jaar verscheen de opvolger The Rooftop Recordings 2, opgenomen op het dakterras van zijn appartement. Een sobere aanpak met twee microfoons: een voor de gitaar en een voor de stem. Het nieuwe album bevat liefst 18 nummers, waarvan er 6 instrumentals zijn. De akoestisch songs zijn gegoten in een aangename mix van folk, blues en jazz. David wisselt nogal eens van instrument zoals een 6 snarige gitaar een 3 snarige cigarboxgitaar, een ukelele en een dobro. David Philips is een geweldige gitarist. Luister maar eens naar prachtige ritmische fingerpicking-nummers als het openingsnummer Making It Up en vervolgens That Dirty Road. Zijn soulvolle stem valt op bij intieme liefdesliedjes als Washes Over Me en My Baby Needs Love. Wellicht het mooiste nummer is het vol passie gezongen Guitar On His Knee. Bij de instrumentale tracks valt Migration op met prachtig Spaans georiënteerd gitaarwerk. Het album wordt afgesloten met een down home bluesje Long Flight Home. Dit is een heerlijk luisterrijk album van een talentrijke muzikant.
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
today we released a new record of David Philips
B&T 962 – David Philips – Winter
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.