Phil and Lu is Phil and Laura Stancil, siblings based in Venice Beach, California who have been playing music together their entire lives.
The duo will release its debut album "Mood Rock" on Sept. 30th, 2016, preceded by the single and video “Oh, My My,” the album’s opener and first glimpse into a sound well-defined by the album’s title.
“We grew up in a family band, playing roots-rock and folk music at festivals and local watering holes throughout Michigan, where we’re originally from,” Phil explains. “Our Dad taught us everything we know about music, and we fell in love with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jose Feliciano, and Sergio Mendez by digging through his record collection.”
Phil and Laura also idolized The Beach Boys and pretty much everything “California” growing up, and "Mood Rock" listeners will hear those influences immediately, as well as the Stancil’s passion for Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, set to more modern instrumentation and production techniques. All of this combines to make "Mood Rock" a stand-out first record.
Speaking of California, there’s a distinct Sea Change-era Beck tone to Phil’s reedy, mournful vocal on “Oh, My My” that helps the track feel instantly familiar.
“'Oh, My My' was one of the first songs we finished, and it set the tone for the entire record,” he explains. “It’s our personal favorite, and illustrates the vibe we have here in Venice Beach. It’s haunting, sad, and nostalgic.”
"Mood Rock" was written and recorded in a one-month period, and because Phil and Laura play all of the instruments on the record, in addition to writing and recording together, they were able to create on-the-fly, an essential part of what makes these songs feel so easy.
“We write in a quick, free-flowing setting, and the songs constantly change until we find the right recipe,” Phil explains. Indeed, every track on "Mood Rock" reaches in a different direction, but ultimately arrives at a satisfying destination.
"Mood Rock, the debut album by Phil and Lu is scheduled for release on Sept. 30th, 2016. The brother-sister duo is currently working its second album, and will be performing live in around Los Angeles throughout the rest of 2016.
- Folk & Singer-Songwriter