Philip Boone – A Light And A Line (Independent)
Originally from Dallas, Texas, singer-songwriter Philip Boone initially relocated to Austin, and then in 2007 he moved to Topanga Canyon in Southern California. He certainly sounds at home in this small art driven, bohemian community, and his style, a mix of ’70s west coast hippie groove and classic cosmic country certainly has a deal in common with various ex-inhabitants of the area, including Neil Young, Emmylou Harris and Little Feat - together with the latest wave of Los Angeles musicians, best exemplified by Jonathan Wilson and Beachwood Sparks.
Recorded and mixed by Noah Georgeson (with mixing credits with The Strokes, Devendra Banhart, and Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes under his belt), “A Light And A Line” is an entirely satisfying whole; an album that hangs together perfectly, with a dynamic course which both lifts and settles the listener. The title derives from a line in “Margarita (a Good Friend of Mine)”, a gentle, meditative waltz, with soaring choruses and guitars that crackle. “Brother” is equally enthralling, accompanied for the most part by a simply strummed six-string, Boone’s song seems to tap directly into Neil Young’s “After The Goldrush” / “Harvest” legacy. “One Star” draws in contemporary influences, and it’s that mix of the modern and the old that makes “A Light And A Line” so appealing. I can’t recommend this album highly enough.