Blog – New Music, Year Review

I’m giving a Christmas offering you can download a free track called Living In The Night from my Bandcamp page from now until the 1st of January. This piece of music is from an album I will be releasing in the New Year called Metropolis.

Wishing a Merry Christmas this year could get the Scrooge-esq modern day equivalent response “Merry Christmas! Are you F’ing! Kidding me!” No we won’t be remembering 2020 fondly, it’s been a horrible difficult year.

But in truth the lockdown earlier this year came in when I was at a point where shutting myself away from people was just what I needed. The time to hide and step away from everything and everyone was what I was looking for and it gave me precious time to work on music ideas, try and learn some new instruments (The piano, can just about play a couple of notes and the accordion, completely hopeless). I also found my love for the guitar again during this period, something I’ve not had for the last few years for whatever reason and had developed almost a hatred for.

One way I found my enjoyment in playing the guitar once again has been to actually step away from it and not focus on the singer songwriter style of music I had been doing, not leaving it behind but I have been creating more instrumentals, which I have found very enjoyable in making and exploring creating different sounds.

I decided to change my name to R. A. Phillips for my music too, just for something different (There’s a lot of Richie Phillips out there!)

A couple of months back I released the instrumentals which were my tribute to the great Ennio Morricone ‘Lee Van Cleef’ and ‘Many Eyes In The Dark’ a Halloween inspired collection of music. Both have very different styles with one more guitar based and the other more experimental with synth sounds.

Living In The Night is full guitar and I think shows my enjoyment in playing the guitar. I will give more details of Metropolis the album this track is gonna be apart of when I release it and I have few other releases I will be putting out in the new year, some of which will follow different themes and concepts.

Stay safe, look after yourself and others. I hope you can have a nice Christmas and hopefully 2021 will give us some brighter times.

(Living In The Night is no longer available on a free download but is available from the album Metropolis, which is out now!)