Philip Selway – Familial

January 01, 1970



Having spent the last 20 years playing drums in Radiohead, you’d
think the solo debut of Philip Selway would be a Squarepushing orgy of rhythm
that would make The Eraser sound like
Coldplay. But in a surprising twist, Familial is a largely acoustic collection of tender, fragile pop songs written by Selway
in the wake of his mum’s passing. These ten tracks find the drummer-with spare
accompaniment from friends Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone of Wilco, former Soul
Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg and Lisa Germano-possessing a fine singing
voice as delicate as Ron Sexsmith’s, exemplified on such gorgeous ballads as “A
Simple Life” and “Falling.”


However, save for a few mild digital flourishes on a handful
of tunes, fans of Radiohead might be disappointed by the coffeehouse nature of Familial, not unlike the way longtime Genesis
fans balked at the R&B stylings flexed by drummer Phil Collins on Face Value. Let’s just hope Mr. Selway’s
next solo venture isn’t the 21st century equivalent to Dance into the Light.


Miracle,” “Beyond Reason” RON HART


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