Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- SHANE PHILIP -- Life. Love. Music

Shane Philip

All right I'll admit it, when I saw that Shane Philip was noted because of his use of the didgeridoo in his music, I was immediately intrigued, and curious.
Musicians who are willing to walk slightly different musical paths in this world are always of interest, and generally to be applauded from my perspective.
So when Sacred, the CD's second song started with a somewhat eerie didgeridoo segment, I was hooked. Frankly I would have started the CD with this song. I love it both for its instrumentation, and also for the slightly stark lyrics.
It might be with some obvious hyperbole but Philip's bio on his website at gives you a sense of his music. "Swelling in primordial pulses and wholloping whoops, the tacit tones of Shane Philip's didgeridoo hold the power to still listeners into silence or encourage audiences to rise up in a tribal swell of intoxicating spirit," it states.
However, as much as I love the didgeridoo work here, Philip sometimes misses the mark on the overall song. January 28 is an example where he simply took the entire lyrics and rolled it in the sugar bowl to the point of being overly sweet.
In general terms Philip keeps things very upbeat here. He has a rather sunny outlook on life, which can run a bit counter to a curmudgeon like myself.
Then the Vancouver-based artist tosses in a song like Exodus, and he catches my attention again. The Afro-beat element and instrumentation sell this song.
In that respect there is sort of a taste here for everybody, but maybe the overall effort isn't quite tilted one way enough to completely satisfy the sugar fans, or those liking their music a tad darker.
The CD is one I have to suggest people give a listen, although a point of the rating belongs to the didgeridoo rather than the overall impact of the music.
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 19, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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