‘Still the Heart’ is The Phil Langran Band’s new CD, released by Folkwit Records on 6th October 2014. It’s an EP of four Phil Langran originals featuring the band’s signature sound – lush close harmonies, sparkling intermeshed guitars, highly melodic sax and electric guitar lines, enhanced and underpinned by fretless bass. Through literate lyrics and intriguing melodies the songs tell of friends and family, of love and loss, and trust in the kindness of strangers and kin.
Like the band’s last album, ‘Juke Box Love Songs’ (2011), the new CD is produced by Frank McCarthy and packaged in a gorgeous sleeve courtesy of Max Langran’s photography and Tom Partridge’s artwork. Two songs, ‘Injury Time’ and ‘Nothing More’ have been in the band set for some time, whilst ‘Forsaken’ and ‘Meeting by the River’ are new compositions. As ‘Tykes News’ characterised Phil’s work, these are ‘proper grown-up love songs’ featuring ‘premier league wordsmithery’.
The line-up features all the band on vocals, Phil Langran and Steve Benford on acoustic guitars, Pippa Marland on soprano and alto sax, Frank McCarthy on electric guitar and Mark Walker on bass. ‘Still the Heart’ is dedicated to the good folk of Beeston, Nottingham, for giving us all a home from home.
Here are some reactions to previous releases:
"Musically astute and lyrically absorbing" ... "A warm, intelligent set of songs for folkies" [The Morning Star]
"His vocals are utterly British and delivered with understated charm" ... "The band synthesises folk, Americana, and blues influences to produce a languorous, folksy backdrop for the words" [Rock 'n' Reel]
"A Gem" [BBC Celtic Heartbeat]
"Provides a smooth engaging listen for the folk music lover who likes it straight and true" [David Hintz, Folkworld #49]
released 06 October 2014