Phil And The Osophers Premiere Two New Videos
Offer Exclusive New Song On RCRD LBL
Play Brooklyn Show December 19th / Parallelo Out Now!
“Your kindly pun-loving English teacher would love this band.” – Spin Blog on Yahoo! Music
“And the album, as a whole, brilliantly captures the energy, artistry and spirit of the fantastic fledgling band.” – CMJ
They take a scratchy, surf sound and along with that genre’s melodic vocals and hook-laden, well-formed songs, completely un-retro them. That is the brilliant part of Parallelo. – Love Shack, Baby
If you’re looking for a smart, charming and fun listen, this is a definite must-buy. – Olive Music
Phil and the Osophers two new videos from their album Parallelo showcase the diversity of the artsy Brooklyn tro. In Cheap Livin, Phil portrays a wealthy and out of touch music executive who has taken his glories for granted and has lost touch what music means…only when he is visited by some strange characters does his perception shift. The Extra Weight video uses found footage to narrate the song’s themes of gluttony and greed. New song Wandering Soul is a “woeful lounge ballad” [RCRD LBL] that will be featured in 2010 indie feature film.
Phil and the Osophers made their sixth full length album, Parallelo, available on CD and digitally this summer on Factual Fabrications, Phil’s own sustainable label. The album finds the Brooklyn 3 piece developing into a jingly and jangly artistic indie rock while retaining carefully crafted and philosophical lyrics. The band has a catalog of over 100 songs, and this new album is their most impressive work to date.
The 11 song cycle of Parallelo explores parallels and coincidences in our understanding of meaning. Phil has an interesting explanation for all of these songs- “Uses Of A Man deals with equal rights for all lovers”, Creators “is a thesis on God in the time of slavery”, Propeller Jet is “about suiting up with Amelia Earhart on her last flight” “Cheap Livin is an tribute to the rich folks who lost it all” …Tie it together with an avant-garde indie pop sound and you have Parallelo. It is this sort of innovation that makes Phil and the Osophers such a one-of-a-kind act.
The Brooklyn 3-piece have been on a tear recently: playing SXSW and the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, as well as playing shows with Art Brut, Passion Pit, Les Savy Fav, Le Loup, the Ruby Suns, and the Dodos.
In addition, all 3 members have written and published books of poetry and non-fiction through their own publishing house called ILOANBooks. Bass player Gus has published NINE books, Drummer Kevin has published two (including a new edition entitled “Winter Doesn’t Care What Your Name Is”), and Phil has written his one book of poetry entitled “SHAKE! and other rattlers”. These books are usually free at shows and otherwise available upon request.
New York Show
12/19 – Bar Matchless – Greenpoint
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