Gabriel Miller Phillips ‘One For The Crow’ (Out 7.12.2013 on Whytehouse Records)

Gabriel Miller Phillips ‘One For The Crow’ (Out 7.12.2013 on Whytehouse Records)

‘One For the Crow’, the debut album from Gabriel Miller Phillips, reveals ten unerringly crafted songs, evoking multiple moods, turnings and nods as Gabriel Miller Philips continues to reflect. Normally that would be just pleasant, but the detailed rich narrative of his lyrics and stronger musical agile arrangements, elevate ’One For The crow’ into better pastures.

‘One For The Crow’ is no party music. Instead, it’s a companion for a solitary midnight drive, the press release states, agree with the first premise, fearful of the destination of the second, as the  album’s understated power, hints at a darker muses and always it seems of a personal nature.

This collection of intimate songs  was recorded in Brooklyn with synths from Alex Lipson (Phosphorescent), cello from Yoked Nar (Regina Spektor), percussion from Parker Kindred (Antony & the Johnsons), and additional contributions from others.

Watch ‘I Saw You’ official video

Each of the 10 songs, including one with text from Hank Williams’ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, explores isolation — a theme given much thought by Miller Phillips, who began songwriting while recuperating from illness. But the album has a range of facets – where‘I Saw You’ is a good introduction, complete with a regret  fueled lyrics; what follows is the more etheral folk of ‘Katie Mae’ shoes the album is no one trick pony. It’s strange to say I like the song ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ but there is something to enjoy in the charged lyrics and darker musings, even if it its delivered quieter, clear and connected. ‘Star Crossed’ and ‘Tell Her’ also  sound noteworthy, a tighter 10-song album.

As the nights continue to draw in, some sadcore may add cheer and recover a perspective back, post the after eight mints & multiple aperitifs fueled wrapping chaos, put it another way, ‘One For The Crow’ is lots more enjoyable. 7.6/10
Steve Janes

View the video for ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’

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Gabriel Miller Phillips ‘One For The Crow’ (Out 7.12.2013 on Whytehouse Records)