Along with packing a mouthful of a contributing artist list, Neil Finn’s 7 Worlds Collide project has introduced us to the world of Phil Selway: Singer-Songwriter via the Radiohead drummer’s singing and songwriting of “The Ties That Bind Us.” That song appears on the Finn/Tweedy/Marr/Selway/O’Brien/etc. “supergroup”’s The Sun Came Out LP tracklist, as does another Phil song titled “The Witching Hour.” Like last time, it’s some FanTube that gives us our first listen.

Generally when the Radioheads go it alone, the results still have a transcendent air (think The Eraser or There Will Be Blood). Selway’s sensitive man with guitar thing, however, is more earth-bound; whether it’s the approachable prose (“Take me out into the night / show me, show me wonders and delights”), the pretty but fallible vocal, or the basic chord movement, it’s fragile and imperfect and utterly human. That’s not a slag, though (I too am human), and actually it’s fun to watch, and juxtapose its net effect with the alien games he contributes to when sitting behind a drumset.

Did you like? There’s gonna be plenty more where that came from: According to some sleuthing by Green Plastic Radiohead, Phil’s working on a solo LP. More details on that TK. The 7 Worlds Collide project’s The Sun Came Out LP is out later this year.

UPDATE: And here’s “The Ties That Bind Us” from the same show:

[Pic via Wonker.]

Comments (17)
  1. jay  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2009 0

    the “and those i love/will carry me home/carry me home” part at the end is just beautiful, especially when neil’s backing vocal comes in. geez these guys.

  2. gimme  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2009 0

    y’know i prefer phil’s solo stuff over thom’s, weird eh?, thom’s solo is just, i dunno, too much thomishness (we get enough of that already in radiohead alone), phil’s material is a nice departure, heartfelt and well accomplished and a nice vibe, don’t overlook the drummers

    and more

  3. Sorry guys, but I have to disagree with you. This made me realize how necessary Thom and Johnny are (for me at least). I might enjoy this more if it were someone else, but being a Radiohead member causes him to be compared so, unfair or not.

  4. It’s pretty good.

  5. jeepster  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2009 0

    its fragile,imperfect and utterly dull

  6. Plumplechook  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2009 0

    Here’s a professionally filmed and recorded version of The Ties That Bind Us from one of the NZ gigs that has just been uploaded to Youtube.

  7. I’m looking past him being a drummer for the greatest band today. His singing is good enough for him to carry the songs along. Looking forward to his solo work to come.

    There’s always been a part of me that wishes Radiohead would one day decide to write a collection of new acoustic songs. That would be nice.

  8. jeff  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2009 0

    phil’s great. can’t wait for his album.

    wonder if this a Gloaming reference?

  9. Adam  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    It would be interesting if Phil took lead vocals on some future Radiohead songs too for a change. I love Thom but I think they should start to shuffle vocalists like the Beatles did. (yes I’m comparing Radiohead to the Beatles, don’t shoot me.)

  10. we really should choose nice songs from different types

  11. I was at the gig and must say his songs weren’t that good.

    He should stick to the drums.

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