CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

November 2007

LINDSAY PHILLIPS Aileen

myspace lindsayphillips@hotmail.com

According to his bio, Lindsay Phillips doesnít give a fuck about you. Thatís cool. And I wouldnít give two hoots about Lindsay Phillips except heís too damn good. His 5 tracker Aileen is an outstanding collection of dark folk songs from this lone man who preaches his sad tales accompanied only by his acoustic guitar and the occasional harmonica wail. The title track also includes some uncredited strings. Yum.

Itís his voice which got me in. This doesnít sound like some guy from Melbourne in his 20s?30s? (itís hard to tell how old Lindsay is from the pictures on the back of the sleeve). If I close my eyes, this affected croon takes me somewhere I have never been and suddenly Iím hovering above the smoky tables in some little folky dive in Greenwich Village in the mid-60s. This canít possibly be Lindsayís natural voice, but itís his chosen singing voice and itís incredible. Iíve tried to think of who exactly it reminded me of and I couldnít quite place it. Fred Neil was all I could come up with and thatís way off.

Lyrically, itís all about the dissatisfaction of life, like his bio says, and its images of dark things, both internally and externally. Itís like youíve found a heavy wooden door to a basement, slowly pushed it open and found a huge dusty leather-bound book that, once opened, teases you with pictures of Sweet Loneliness.

Being a fan of four track recordings, I am also very impressed with the recording of these songs. Minimalist in the instrumentation but the beautifully picked guitar melodies and the vocals out front in the mix make this collection a perfectly balanced set. I would love to hear more from this disillusioned fucker. -ND


other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
Itís a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFL… - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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