Phil Smith – Album and Tour
Phil Smith hails from Brisbane Australia and is a very impressive singer and storyteller. He is about to head out on the road for a significant tour around Australia for his new album Year Of The Dog.
The new album has seeped into my brain, slowly and steadily. It’s a release without an emotional filter and it is stripped bare on every level.
Since it’s been out, Year Of The Dog has been receiving rave reviews. Noel Mengel from The Courier Mail described Smith’s music as “a beautifully understated example of Americana songcraft.”
The album for me has a deep and resonating serenity. It is stark and profound. The opening track “Calling Home” is a perfect blend of melody, rich voice and Dave Rawlins or Milk Carton Kids guitar picking style. “Broken Rivers” strives for truth and freedom in another delightfully restrained piece, this time with banjo. “Homeward Bound” is world-weary and shows a mature hand, while “Avenue Girl” is reminiscent of Nick Drake with its acoustic strumming and piano combo. “Nightwinds” again has Smith’s voice way out front in the mix with subdued guitar and other augmented sounds pushed back for effect – backing vocals and pedal steel.
“Memories” details a drug overdose and “The Train” recounts an emotion-laden funeral day. I am particularly fond of a number of songs/tunes called “El Corazon” and I can add Smith’s song to my list – it is beautiful and sublime from start to finish. It is in fact the single lifted off the album and you can listen to it and check out the lyrics here:
Phil spent his formative years as a transient soul sharing life with people who always seemed to be running away from something. These experiences shaped him as a songwriter. “As you get older, and you start to learn first hand about death, and all its attendant misfortunes and unravelings, you get to realizing pretty quick that there ain’t nothing in this mean old world as important as your own flesh and blood.”
From all reports, 2013 was a long, hard year for Phil Smith but it has provided plenty of excellent material for Year Of The Dog, which is a brutally honest musical journal. It’s not all doom and gloom though – there’s hope and light here as well.
Year Of The Dog is an intense and captivating release. I look forward to his tour and seeing Phil Smith live and personal.
Smith will be touring his new album for the first time interstate throughout June 2014. He will be playing shows all around Australia including Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and the coast of Queensland.
“YEAR OF THE DOG” TOUR DATES
Saturday June 7th – Brisbane, QLD
The Bearded Lady – Supported by Bree de Rome
Thursday June 12th – Sunshine Coast, QLD
Café le Monde Songwriters Sessions
Saturday June 14th – Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday June 19th – Sydney, NSW
The Newsagency – Supporting Katie Wighton
Saturday June 21st – Melbourne, VIC
Bar 303 – Supporting Ayleen O’Hanlon w/Tim ‘Tonic’ Hulsman
Sunday June 22nd – Hobart, TAS
Republic Bar – Supporting Hannah May
Friday July 11th – Gold Coast, QLD
Mandala arts cafe
Thanks to Footstomp Music