Solo album by Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips
Limited edition purple vinyl
Guests include Dave Depper (Death Cab For Cutie), Ji Tanzer (Blue Cranes) and John Morgan Askew
Limited time album download included
"I've seldom allowed myself to stay in one place for very long," Glen Phillips says, explaining the genesis of his new album, ?There Is So Much Here. "I was lucky during the COVID lockdown to move in with my girlfriend, now fianceé, and to stay home for the longest stretch I've had since the birth of my daughter, 20 years ago. After a life of travel and seeking out peak experiences, I began to appreciate the subtle beauty of sitting still."
The 11 tracks on Phillips' new album are informed by the time that the pandemic shut down allowed for reflection, moving between quiet love songs and rockers that consider the multi-faceted meanings hidden in our everyday lives.
While Phillips' critically-acclaimed 2018 release, Swallowed by the New, was about grief, the new album is a post-divorce outing with Phillips' writing from a place of hope and optimism.
He explains: "I was writing love songs again, focusing on gratitude, beauty and staying present. Happiness is about allowing what is, to be what it is. I used to view the everyday happenings around me as a distraction. I was suddenly hopeful again, knowing you can never know what the outcome of any action, or inaction, is going to be, but doing it anyway. There's no pure happy ending-the world is a mess, the future is uncertain-but I find found truth in the poet Mary Oliver's words: ‘Attention is the beginning of devotion.' I was suddenly in a state of being that wasn't about my loss. I woke up and things felt doable again. This is an album about showing up for what is and letting it be enough."
|1. Stone Throat|
|2. I Was a Riot|
|3. The Sound of Drinking|
|4. Big Changes|
|5. The Bluest Eye|
|6. Brand New Blue|
|7. Center of the Circle|
|8. Skeleton for School|
|9. Other Birds of Prey|
|10. Let in Anarchy|
|11. Call the Moondust|