Before Radiohead drops its eighth studio album, the acclaimed UK outfit’s drummer, Phil Selway, will release his first ever solo album, the 10-track Familial, on August 30th in the UK and one day later in the US.
Today, we received our first official preview from the effort, the minimalistic, stripped down, acoustically driven “By Some Miracle”. According to Selway, the track addresses depression, but its more shaped by what he calls taking responsibility for your actions, to have choices in front of you that might have unsavory consequences, despite how strong the draw to them might be to them. Thus, the song features a somewhat bittersweet sound, as Selway’s Elliott Smith-esque narrative is accompanied by a pleasant yet ominous texture, highlighted by the vocals of album collaborator Lisa Germano and underlying orchestral elements.
Also appearing on Familial are former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Sansone. Radiohead collaborator Ian Davenport served as producer.
You can find a stream for the song below and/or download it, for the price of an email address, here. Also, pre-orders for the record are now ongoing on Nonesuch’s online store.
Phil Selway 2010 Tour Dates:
08/26 – Tokyo, JP @ Duo Music Exchange
08/27 – Osaka, JP @ Club Quattro
09/04 Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic
09/10 North Dorset, UK @ End of the Road
09/11 Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
09/13 – London, UK @ Bush Hall
09/14 London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall #
09/15 Newcastle, UK @ Academy #
09/16 Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands #
09/20 – Amsterdam, NL @ TBA
09/21 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
09/22 – Paris, FR @ Le Boule Noire
# = w/ Wilco