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The Rooftop Recordings - Sampler

4 tracks, 15.56 David Philips on July 16, 2011 11:06

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    The whole of my new album "The Rooftop Recordings" out now on Black and Tan Records
    I live in a roof top apartment at the top of a block of flats in Barcelona, Spain. High up above the scooters, bar terraces, police sirens and occasional firecrackers, but close enough to hear them in the distance. Up where the summer Swifts and House Martins screech and feed, I sit out on the roof terrace and write songs.
    When it came time to record these songs, I decided to record at home. I have a few mics set up in the room that leads on to the same roof terrace where I like to write. I closed the door to achieve the lowest amount of background noise possible, tradition tells us to do this. But there was something not quite right, I was missing the very elements that inspired the music in the first place. So I went against tradition and I opened the door again. The result is a kind of "fly on the wall" experience, and that's the idea of this record. The songs stripped down to the bare bones, just my voice, a guitar (be it regular 6 string Acoustic, 3 string Cigar Box Guitar, 4 string Ukulele or Lap style Dobro played with a solid steel bar), a little harmonica now and then and maybe some foot stomping. No overdubs, just live, one take, in the moment kind of recording and if you listen carefully you'll hear in the background a soundscape created by the people and creatures I share my environment with, just like any other day up here on the roof.
    More info at http://www.davidphilips.net

    Press for The Rooftop Recordings:

    " I consider this as one of the best singer-songwriter albums in its genre of the past year." - FOLKWORLD Magazine

    "It could just be that British ex-pat David Philips has recorded one of this year's best albums." - Blues In The North West (UK)

    "A Chris Smither from the other side of the pond, Philips keeps it straightforward simple, making The Rooftop Recordings a simple pleasure." - Something Else Reviews (US)

    "Those who appreciate fine guitar playing and intelligent songs should investigate and they will find plenty to enjoy." - Blues In Britain Magazine

    "(David) has proved that his first LP was not an accident... a simple and precious treat and that's why it's our Album of The Week." - The Good Music Fox (US)

    "Today, I'm feeling those Monday blues and this single from UK-born blues/folk artist, David Philips, is hitting the spot musically and lyrically." - Groove Loves Melody (US)

    " ***** This varied album is reminiscent of debut records from top artists such as Tracy Chapman, Jack Johnson and Jose Gonzalez." - Soundlike.be (Belgium)

    "Real blues treasures and wonders of pure folk... to be ordered as soon as possible!" - Zicazac (France)

    "Bald. Goosebumps. Vulnerable. Crying and beautiful." - Bluesmagazine.nl (Holland)

    "He is a fabulous songwriter with material that is both memorable and moving." - Przemek Draheim (Poland)

    "The Rooftop Recordings is a beautiful and soothing, bluesy listening experience that we recommend to lovers of beautiful voices and guitars." - Rootstime (Belgium)

    "Nice, intimate and soothing acoustic blues with enough variety to keep up
    the listening activity. David's vocal abilities are in balance with his
    excellent guitar skills." - Esa Kuloniemi, Finnish Broadcasting Company (Finland)

    "...absolutely amazing and beautiful guitar playing.." - Moors Magazine (Holland)

    "...amazing how he sings with passion and dynamics.." - Blues Online (Poland)

    "A great songster, a deep bluesman, a sensitive folk singer. MAGNIFIQUE!" - Serge Warin / Radio Canal Blue (France)

    Released by: Black and Tan Records
    Release/catalogue number: CD B&T 037
    Release date: Sep 10, 2011

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