It took a few minutes of listening for us to realize that Phillips has something special. The first tune we checked out, the sweet and welcoming “Ladybird,” got a mixed reaction from our crew, though some of us were transported by the song’s instrumental finale. But, midway through “The Lonely Hunter,” we unanimously got it. The song’s interesting hook, the lyric’s vivid metaphor (where he likens himself to a soaring, solitary bird of prey), and the production’s plush fabric of sound add up to a real winner. Next, the artist’s gift for melodic hooks and affecting poetic imagery continues on “Stranded in the Night.” Topping it all off is Phillips’ voice, whose tone dovetails with each song.
Style: Folk-Rock, Indie-Country