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Philip Selway ‘Running Blind’ video & new EP release this week

| On 30, Jul 2011

Philip Selway released his new EP ‘Running Blind’ in to the world this week and to celebrate this we have a new video to present to you which sees Philip take to the studio with the help of Adem, Alex Thomas, Caroline Weeks and Kath Mann to perform the title track ‘Running Blind’… “Running Blind’ is the follow up to 2010’s much acclaimed solo debut ‘Familial’ and contains four delicately crafted songs which were recorded during the album sessions and have subsequently evolved through Philip’s live shows prompting him to return to the studio to re-record these.

Philip Selway – Running Blind from Bella Union on Vimeo.

Critical acclaim for ‘Familial’ released August 2010 on Bella Union…

“Quietly asserts Selway as a sensitive soul… eschews pummelling drums in favour of gentler percussion and intricate loops… Selway has delivered an album so honest and thoughtful, you’ll see not only drummers but yourself in a new light”
NME – 8/10

“Familial is an acoustically plucked, feet-on-the-ground record, Selway’s fragile and inviting voice a delightful match for his misplaced self doubt”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Familial in an alternative acoustic universe of intricate guitar picking, tightly written melodies and soft, confident vocals”
The Times – 4 stars ****

“The main characteristics are Selway’s expressive vocals… the message he broke away from his day job to communicate is one of stoicism and maturity and the angst that attends adult responsibility”
Mail on Sunday – 5 stars ***** (CD of the Week)

“a genuinely moving listen and an album which deserves to stand free of anyone’s shadow”
Clash – 8/10

“this acoustic-based album is a softly sung delight, brushed with beautifully textured, understated arrangements… The songwriting is a revelation”
The Sun – 4.5/5 *****

“Haunting melodies and subtle hooks dominate… touching tales about Selway’s close family… Familial sits neatly alongside the swaying acoustics of Bella Union label-mates the Fleet Foxes”
Daily Mail – 4 stars ****

This is a singer-songwriter’s album, filled with quiet, personal, beautiful music… Moving and accomplished”
Uncut – 3 Stars ***

“blessed with a warm and gentle voice, he sings of heart, hearth and on the aching Broken Promises, the death of his mother”
Q – 3 Stars

“Selway sings, and very nicely too, about father-son ties and solitude. His quiet, melodic voice heightens the intimacy… the instrumentation is subtly detailed and beautiful”
The Observer

“he emerges fully formed from behind the drum kit and delivers a minimalist set of sitdown songs with a west coast breeze and an English folk plaintiveness… The whole thing is rather beautiful”

“a gentle, often beautiful effort, which celebrates hearth and home… he’s crafted something he can be proud of”
Evening Standard – 3 Stars ***

“brings to mind the quieter moments of Talk Talk and Radiohead… the surface mood is contemplative and intimate, while the emotional turmoil wrestles below”
The Independent – 3 Stars ***

“Incinerates advanced reservation and quietly toasts cockles. His warm falsetto pulls you close to these homely acoustic reflections, which play like fretful intimacies shared in the small hours…”
The Independent