Kennebec Shares Video For New Single feat Hemlock Ernst & Sudan Archives

July 15, 2022

Kennebec Shares Video For New Single feat Hemlock Ernst & Sudan Archives

New album ‘Without Star or Compass’ released 7th October via Night Time Stories

Kennebec is the critically acclaimed musical outlet of Eric Phillips, a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist living in Portland, Oregon.

Drawing from an eclectic array of influences to create his own unique style of cinematic electronic music, he is set to release his sophomore album ‘Without Star or Compass’ on the 7th October via Night Times Stories, the sister label to LateNightTales, and it features Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring, Sudan Archives and Yazz Ahmed. His debut album ‘Departure’ was released at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 and received praise from media including the likes of Electronic Sound, Mixmag, CRACK and Future Music.

Without Star or Compass’ was written and recorded during a phase in Phillips’ life which allowed him to re-examine his motivations. “The first primary influence for this record is that, more so than ‘Departure’, I wanted to write this record for my friends and others rather than for myself. Maybe it’s also a product of maturing, but I wanted the music to communicate more clearly to others, and be less of an exercise of some kind for myself.”

Ahead of his forthcoming album, Kennebec is pleased to share the video to the expanding electronic beats of ‘Tall Tales’ ft. Hemlock Ernst (the rap moniker of Samuel T. Herring), the first single to be taken from the album. On working with Herring, Phillips adds, “I think our styles just resonated well with one another, and we clicked naturally. We sent some ideas back and forth remotely and then he flew out to Portland and we recorded all the vocals in three days together. It was so fun and inspiring – and really deepened my appreciation for his craft. He’s such a nice guy and a total genius. Sam’s lyrics really hit a beautiful balance between that sense of magic and folklore in the natural world that I’m after, while really bringing his own sense of narrative. He’s really amazing at constructing lyrical concepts in a way that I think compliments my own strengths (and weaknesses).

This infectious and touching collaborative piece just dazzles. The energy captivates the listeners’ attention from the get-go, consumed by the delicate and rich atmosphere resonating such plentiful textures from Kennebec to the charming combination of all vocal harmonies and lyrical attributes throughout. A vivid exploration.

In addition to the Kennebec project, Phillips has composed the music for numerous feature films, documentaries, podcasts and games. In 2020, alongside Mark Orton (of Tin Hat Trio) and John Hancock, Phillips co-composed the soundtrack to ‘Wind of Change’, a podcast created by New York Times Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe and produced by Spotify, recorded the Moscow Bowtie Orchestra for the feature length film ‘12 Mighty Orphans’ starring Luke Wilson, Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen and scored Northfork Studios documentary ‘Chehalis: A Watershed Moment.’

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