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REVIEW: Philip Selway – Familial (Bella Union 2010)

Back in 2001, Neil Finn got a group of friends together for a series of charity concerts. The assembled included Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, Tim Finn, Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway, and from this series of concerts the album 7 Worlds Collide was spawned. Last year Neil Finn once again assembled his friends for another musical collaboration, using 7 Worlds Collide as the name for the project. Many of the same musicians from the first album returned for the second outing, and this time the result was the album The Sun Came Out. One of the things this album was notable for was the singing debut of Radiohead drummer Phil Selway on the tracks The Ties That Bind Us and Witching Hour.

Obviously encouraged by these recordings, Philip Selway has become the latest Radiohead member to embark on a solo project and has released his debut solo album Familial. Differing from the style of Radiohead and the solo projects of fellow band mates Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, Familial is a more modest, acoustic, sometimes even folky, album.

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NEWS: Stream Abe Vigoda’s New Album

Bella Union, one of the most accessible record labels around at the moment in my opinion, have very kindly uploaded Abe Vigoda‘s new album, Crush, to their SoundCloud page for our aural pleasure. It’s a delightful listen and you should certainly check it out.

We’ve embedded the stream below. Let us know what you think in the comments, and check out this Friday’s Gig Rig for info on when they’ll be touring near you.

The album is out on the 20th of this month.

Abe Vigoda – Crush by Bella Union

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NEWS: Stream Three New Philip Selway Tracks

Bella Union, the record company behind the UK release of Philip Selway‘s debut album, Familial, have been kind enough to offer a further three tracks for our listening pleasure prior to the album’s release in two weeks. We featured a stream of the Radiohead drummer’s first single, By Some Miracle, in a previous post and it’s nice to get more of a feel for the new album. Philip is touring through November to promote the new album so look for him in the next instalment of our Gig Rig feature, and check out his website for full details.

The stream is below. Let us know what you think in the comments.
Philip Selway – Familial (Album Sampler) by Bella Union