With 2011′s Hungry Mother Blues, Phil Cook established himself as a solo musician with a singular vision. Known as a brilliant collaborator with his bands Megafaun and The Shouting Matches, as well as contributor to Hiss Golden Messenger, Cook took the lead and delivered an LP of gorgeous folk instrumentals. However, Cook’s hunger for collaboration wouldn’t subside, and he soon formed a small ensemble to give his compositions a new depth. Featuring Nick Sanborn (Megafaun, Sylvan Esso) on bass and Daniel “Yan” Westerlund (Bowerbirds) on drums, This Side Up is an intimate session featuring old and new tunes by Phil Cook, performed by a trio fully in sync. This Side Up will be released on August 13th as a limited edition 12″ with a custom-stamped foil seal. The first 50 pre-orders will receive a free, unreleased bonus track called “Ponysaurus”.
For a first listen to This Side Up standout, “The Jensens”, head over to Paste.
To celebrate the release of This Side Up, Phil Cook will be supporting The Be Good Tanyas on their upcoming UK tour. Additional US and EU dates to follow:
08.27 Sheffield, UK – Sheffield Memorial Hall*
08.28 Brighton, UK – St Georges Hall*
08.29 Utrecht, NL – Ekko #
08.30 Nijmegen, NL – Merleyn ^
09.02 London, UK – Union Chapel*
09.03 Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Centre*
09.05 Glasgow, UK – ABC*
09.06 Gateshead, UK – The Sage Gateshead*
09.07 Reading, UK – Town Hall*
*with The Be Good Tanyas
#with William Tyler & Strand of Oaks
^with Daniel Norgren