Grant-Lee Phillips Releases New Song “Walk in Circles”
Singer/Songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips has released a new song, “Walk in Circles,” which is now the third new single from his upcoming album Widdershins.
“Walk in Circles” is the first track off of Phillips’ upcoming release, and harkens back to the sound Phillips created on his 2007 release, Stragelet. Phillips sings with a snarl almost, and the strumming of his acoustic mixed with the reverby electric guitar in the background provides an alternative sound similar to that of R.E.M. at their finest (Widdershins was recorded in the same studio as the band’s 80’s breakthrough album Document, so it’s no surprise Phillips drew some influence into his music).
Compared to the album’s previous singles, “The Wilderness” (a rollicking foot stomper) and “Totally You Gunslinger” (a relaxed acoustic ballad), “Circles” proves to be a perfect mix of the two. Phillips describes the track as “a declaration of dependence … on the earth, on peace, and ultimately, each other.”
It’s clear that Phillips is breaking away from the Americana sound of his previous records, and is going back to a more alternative sound while keeping some Americana elements on Widdershins. Fans can expect a more alternative rock oriented record than before. In a post on his site, Phillips described the new record as “more explosive” and states that these 12 new songs “have a lot of fire as well.” The album features Jerry Roe on drums and Lex Price on bass, both of whom previously worked with Phillips on his last album, The Narrows.
Widdershins will be released on Feb. 23rd, and fans can preorder the album here on Yep Roc Records. Fans have the option of including a free five song acoustic demo EP. “Just me and the guitar,” says Phillips. “Recorded informally as soon as I felt I had the words down on the page.” The EP will also include homemade artwork from Phillips himself.
You can listen to “Walk in Circles” here