With big drums and beautiful strings, Sam Phillips conjured up her 10th studio album, World on Sticks, in between making music for television (Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life for Netflix and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for Amazon). Swinging from broken modern sounds to dreamy, cinematic music, Phillips unique voice takes us on a journey through a world thrown off balance by excessive greed, speed, pollution and power.
"Troubles on the outside can be reflections of troubles on the inside. We hand big business and big tech the keys when we accept their definitions and dreams of the good life, of beauty, of success, instead of creating our own. As I wrote these songs I wanted to look at our lost connections...with nature, with mystery, with other humans and parts of ourselves", Phillips explains.
Sam's band - Jay Bellerose (drums), Jennifer Condos (bass), and Eric Gorfain (multi-instrumentalist/arranger) - is joined by special guests Jon Brion (bass/guitar), Chris Bruce (guitar) and The Section Quartet (strings).
Though the title World on Sticks suggests a gloomy view of the world, Phillips uses the phrase affectionately in the title song's lyric when she says our world on sticks so brave so small / I m ready for the works so let s have it all . She may not want to live here forever, as she says in "Roll Em", a dark Mancini-like song about a sociopath, but Sam ends the album with the assertion that, "If only / with candles and stars / And broken light from dreams like ours / we will still find our way through / to love."
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Musically and thematically, Lands & Peoples continues in the same direction as Dolorosa and Winnowing before it. Here, mid-tempo, shuffling confessions and introspections weave between folkier tales of the ghosts of America(s), past and present. The High Desert reprises her starring role as the whispering, mysterious spirit who just might reveal a longed-for America of the future, as well. Lands & Peoples longs for better things, even if they all turn to dust in the end. Craigory Bacon
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loved another album, came to this one. hated it, was really disappointed. didnt live up to my expectations. but then, thats how my obsession with the last began. now last lion of albion plays in my head on repeat and i hadnt even listened to it since. i have a feeling im going to go on a long journey with this album cassette