Album Releases 8/31/2010

Featured Album:  “Familial,” by Philip Selway


Philip Selway presents his first solo album, “Familial.” Honestly, this was not what I was expecting coming from the drummer of Radiohead. Listening to this album evoked the same feelings that I felt while listening to Beck’s brilliant “Sea Change.” Not that they sound the same, no, it was the pleasure of unknowing and blindingly falling into a singer/songwriters sonically tailored dream. Put on your best pair of headphones; lay down somewhere comfortable, whether it be out in the grass, on your bed, and get lost in this album.

Here’s some background info I found while researching the album…

The very first seeds of Familial were planted in 2001 when Neil Finn organized an impromptu gathering of talent, including Johnny Marr, Eddie Vedder, Lisa Germano, former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, Selway, and his Radiohead bandmate Ed OBrien, in aid of charity. The resulting album, 7 Worlds Collide, was credited to Neil Finn and Friends, but when the project was revived in 2008 the singing/songwriting was divided among the ranks, which by then included members of Wilco. During those sessions at Finns Auckland studio, Philip came up with Familials The Ties That Bind Us, on which he made his debut as a lead vocalist. That song, and an earlier number, The Witching Hour”also on Familial appeared on 7WCs The Sun Came Out album, released August 2009.

Back home, Selway asked Courtyard Studios resident engineer and producer Ian Davenport to work with him on sessions that would yield Familial. Selway then invited Germano, Steinberg, and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Sansone to join him in the studio. Familial finds these varied and accomplished creative voices working in concert to craft a subtly complex and completely hypnotic atmosphere. Curiously, traditional drumming is virtually absent from the record, which favors underlying textures and loops for percussion. At times Familials beats and instrumental colors are so subtle, it seems as if the acoustic air in the room is setting the mood, leaving space for the lyrics, which clearly come from the most intimate of places.



This weeks other releases:

Date          Artist                   Album                                                                                 Label

08/31/10 Balam Acab    See Birds 12″ Tri Angle
08/31/10 Brackles    Songs for Endless Cities !K7
08/31/10 Carl Broemet    All Birds ATO
08/31/10 Grinderman    Heathen Child Single ANTI-
08/31/10 Jenny and Johnny    I’m Having Fun Now Warner Bros.
08/31/10 Oneohtrix Point Never    Returnal Single Editions Mego
08/31/10 Philip Selway    Familial Nonesuch
08/31/10 Quest for Fire    Lights From Paradise Tee Pee
08/31/10 Rose Elinor Dougall    Without Why Scarlett Music
08/31/10 She & Him    Thieves 7″ Merge
08/31/10 Smith Westerns    Smith Westerns Fat Possum
08/31/10 Sonny & the Sunsets    Tomorrow Is Alright (reissue) Fat Possum
08/31/10 The Clientele    Minotaur Merge
08/31/10 Tracey Thorn    Opposites EP Merge
08/31/10 Various Artists    Total 11 Kompakt