Feature: Phil Jamieson – Somebody Else

Phil Jamieson‘s debut solo album Somebody Else explores themes that span time, space and the human experience, traversing everything from time travel to trouble, loneliness, desire, escapism and love.

Best known for his time at the helm of GrinspoonSomebody Else marks an exciting solo venture for Jamieson. Starting to grow sonic legs a decade ago, Phil initially presented what would eventually become Somebody Else to his team in 2019.

Barrelling from emphatic dreamscapes on tracks like ‘Trouble‘, to otherworldly realms on ‘YCBM‘, smoky, sultry stopovers on ‘Little Pickle‘, upbeat indie rock on ‘Rebecca‘ and percolating gloss on its title track, Somebody Else reads and breathes like a jolt of fresh, and occasionally dream poppy, air, born as an entirely different album and carefully finessed and polished into its beguiling end result – before anyone knew what social distancing actually was.

As Phil explains, “Initially I presented something to my management the weekend before Bob Hawke died, I was working on a few projects and presented the album, to Wonderlick; and they said it was close but to keep working. So I went away with Oscar, Davey, Jordan, Ben and we polished it up, this was all pre-pandemic, back in 2019.”

“The collective fear and loathing which has gone into releasing this has sometimes seemed insurmountable. But it’s a bit like an election, innit? If not now, when? If not me, who? Thanks for listening regardless; I hope you get a kick out of it…

Phil Jamieson’s debut solo album Somebody Else is available now via Cheersquad Records & Tapes.

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