Grant-Lee Phillips:: “Strangelet” (Kingblind Album Giveaway)
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About Grant-Lee Phillips & Strangelet
Although many contemporary musicians lay claim to the troubadour tradition, Grant-Lee Phillips truly embodies the legacy of courtly poet-musicians,
crafting songs that combine lyrical storytelling and a dreamy, down-to-earth delivery. The New York Times has characterized Phillips as an artist who sings “with the conviction that rock can still be heroic.” His latest and 5th solo album in seven years, entitled Strangelet, is slated for a March 27 release on Zoë / Rounder Records. It was written, engineered, produced and performed almost entirely by Phillips himself with a little help from his friends including R.E.M. guitarist, Peter Buck.
Following on the heels of Phillips’ 2004 critically acclaimed Virginia Creeper, Strangelet’s twelve tracks smoothly blend tales of heartache, conflict, and loss with stories of love, hope, and redemption. It’s a work that is essentially grounded in the concept of confronting reality, relinquishing fear of the unknown, and refusing to be destroyed by things you can’t see, things you can’t control, and things that may not even exist. It was recorded in Phillips’ home studio in Los Angeles as well as in Seattle at Juniper Studios, home of drummer Bill Rieflin (Blackouts, REM, Ministry, etc.). Part of the intimate feel of Strangelet stems from a personal, hands-on approach. In addition to writing, producing, and engineering the material, Phillips himself played most of the instruments including piano, bass, guitars, organ, baritone and even ukulele–whatever struck his fancy and felt right in the composition. Buck sat in on a couple of tracks (“Soft Asylum” and “Fountain of Youth”) while fellow musician Eric Gorfain contributed a number of string arrangements to the album with his string section, The Section, notably on the forlorn “Same Blue Devils,” a track that Phillips describes as one of the more “intimate corridors” on the album.
STRANGELET DUE MARCH 27 on ZOË / ROUNDER RECORDS