Philip Selway Digital EP "Running Blind" Out Now; Follow Up to Solo Album Debut, "Familial"
After launching his solo career with the critically acclaimed Familial last year, Philip Selway returns with the Running Blind EP, which Nonesuch Records has now released digitally in the US and Canada. (It was released earlier this year in the UK and Europe via Bella Union.) The EP includes four songs plus a live session video of the title track, which you can watch here.
After launching his solo career with the critically acclaimed Familial last year, Philip Selway returns with the Running Blind EP, which Nonesuch Records has now released digitally in the US and Canada. (It was released earlier this year in the UK and Europe via Bella Union. The EP includes four songs plus a live session video of the title track, which you can watch below and at nonesuch.com/media. To pick up a copy of the EP, head to the Nonesuch Store now.
When Selway wrote the songs that formed the track listing for Familial, he kept back a handful that he felt worked best as a separate piece of work; these now comprise Running Blind. The songs evolved during Selway’s live shows supporting Familial, and he subsequently returned to the studio to record them with his band: Adem, Alex Thomas, Caroline Weeks, and Kath Mann.
Familial received positive reviews upon its release from publications such as the Wall Street Journal, which suggested that its “predecessors are the somber, introspective songs of Nick Drake and others on Britain’s late ‘60s folk scene.” The Boston Herald said that Selway “delivers a soft, lonesome singer/songwriter album of simple melodies and hushed arrangements.”
Watch the Running Blind live session video here:
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