After the 2013 release of his first album ‘Stone & Wood’, which earned him the 2014 NZCMA Male Artist of the Year title, Christchurch singer/songwriter Phil Doublet is set to excite listeners with his second full-length release, ‘Endless Highway’.
This album encompasses a broad spectrum of genres, from folk to rock, demonstrating that versatility comes easy to this accomplished artist. Each track is carefully crafted, telling stories based on real subjects, true stories and events that are easily relatable to the audience.
The title track ‘Endless Highway’ co-written by and featuring the talents of ‘The Coal Rangers’ Geoff Farmar, draws you in to the struggles of being an indie songwriter in the live music scene. Caught between the dream of wanting to share your original compositions but being trapped by playing the songs they know.
‘Sometimes’, written for a close family member, talks about the struggles of depression – a subject that Winston Churchill referred to as ‘The Black Dog’. This song is written from the perspective of a loved one saying ‘I’m here’ and trying to see the positive to cling to and simply cherish life.
‘Keep you Hangin’ ‘round’ is a catchy country anthem setting the scene for a summer to remember. This rocky, toe-tapping tune has commercial value and a catchy chorus hook that will have you singing ‘Boom’.
‘Nothing else to do’ is a stripped back, acoustic track that draws you in to envisage your surroundings where there is literally nothing else to do but pick a guitar and write a song.
After a friend shared his story of a cruel April Fools prank played by his wife, and his revenge by placing an advertisement in the local paper, ‘Wife for Sale’ wrote itself. A parody that teaches a lesson not to mess with a man’s pride and joy.
Co-written by and featuring his wife Lana, ‘Life with You’ is a couple using what they know best - music, to express how they feel to each other. A beautiful, heartfelt love song done their way.
‘Fly’ is an easy listening composition about the idea of being in love and enjoying each other’s company.
After losing his dear Grandmother last year, Phil wanted to pay tribute to her the best way he knew how – through song. Going through her treasures and secrets, a small book filled with hand written poems and quotes lay in her dresser draw. Phil eloquently combined these with his personal feelings and memories, to create ‘Heavens Address’.
A change in pace, even presenting a surprise saxophone solo, ‘Rattlesnake’ rocks it up, heeding of the dangers of that venomous person who will lure you in but then spit you out.
A friend lent Phil his Weissenborn guitar, from which he then composed this tune. He then joined forces again with his wife Lana to create ‘Looks like Rain’. This track demonstrates Phil’s musical versatility, telling a folk-like tale of a troubled relationship battling stormy weathers.
The gruelling history from Norfolk Island opened up many composition creations. From the mutinous treachery of the British convicts sent to Australia then on to Norfolk Island, to the punishing prison guard who meet his untimely fate by the hands of prisoners against the stone bridge they were constructing, to a man who evaded prison guards for 7 years by hiding inside a Norfolk Pine, bonus tracks ‘Exiled’, ‘Bloody Bridge’ and ‘The Ballad of Barney Duffy’ otherwise referred to as ‘The Norfolk Trilogy’ lend a mixture of sordid tales to close the album.
The official launch is set to mark the release Saturday 27th August 7pm at Kaiapoi High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at Musicworks 569 Colombo Street, Christchurch – but are limited, so don’t miss out.
Phil’s music is also available on iTunes, Google play and Bandcamp.
You can grab your copy of Phil's debut album Stone & Wood via iTunes!