“Poignant, highly-relatable, and beautiful. The album is absolutely alluring,” says Impose. Monthly Los Angeles residency announced.
Phil and Lu (L-R): Phil Stancil, Laura Stancil. Photo by Greer K. Bratschie.
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“Lead single ‘Oh, My My’ is testament to the true emotion and reminiscence that goes into their songwriting.” – The Line of Best Fit
Phil and Lu is Phil and Laura Stancil, siblings based in Venice Beach, California who have been playing music together their entire lives. The duo releases its debut album Mood Rock today, streaming now via Impose.
The album release follows the recent premiere of the single “Oh, My My,” the album’s opener and first glimpse into a sound well-defined by the album’s title. Los Angeles area fans can hear “Oh, My My” now via The Line of Best Fit, and then see Phil and Lu live when they launch a monthly residency at The Escondite (410 Boyd St.) starting on Friday, Oct. 21st. See below for full itinerary.
“We grew up in a family band, playing roots-rock and folk music at festivals and local watering holes throughout Michigan, where we’re originally from,” Phil explains. “Our Dad taught us everything we know about music, and we fell in love with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jose Feliciano, and Sergio Mendez by digging through his record collection.”
Phil and Laura also idolized The Beach Boys and pretty much everything “California” growing up, and Mood Rock listeners will hear those influences immediately, as well as the Stancil’s passion for Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, set to more modern instrumentation and production techniques. All of this combines to make Mood Rock a stand-out first record.
Speaking of California, there’s a distinct Sea Change-era Beck tone to Phil’s reedy, mournful vocal on “Oh, My My” that helps the track feel instantly familiar.
“‘Oh, My My’ was one of the first songs we finished, and it set the tone for the entire record,” he explains. “It’s our personal favorite, and illustrates the vibe we have here in Venice Beach. It’s haunting, sad, and nostalgic.”
Mood Rock was written and recorded in a one-month period, and because Phil and Laura play all of the instruments on the record, in addition to writing and recording together, they were able to create on-the-fly, an essential part of what makes these songs feel so easy.
“We write in a quick, free-flowing setting, and the songs constantly change until we find the right recipe,” Phil explains. Indeed, every track on Mood Rock reaches in a different direction, but ultimately arrives at a satisfying destination.
Mood Rock, the debut album by Phil and Lu is out now, and the the brother-sister duo is already working on a follow-up. Phil and Laura Stancil are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Phil and Lu – Live
10/21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Escondite (Hideout) 9PM
10/27 Los Angeles, CA @ TRiP 930PM
11/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe 7PM
11/18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Escondite (Hideout) 9PM
12/09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Escondite (Hideout) 9PM
Phil and Lu
03. Until You’re Mine
04. Believe Me
06. Run Away
07. Sad Eyed Boy
08. Sea Lies
09. Follow Me Into The Sun
10. I’m Already Gone
Phil and Lu Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion