Bands to Watch #265: Phildel

By on Thursday, 18th April 2013 at 12:00 pm

The new album by Phildel ‘The Disappearance of the Girl’ might be more accurately described as a reappearance, or better yet, a re-emergence. According to an interview with The Guardian, Phildel Ng was brought up in a household where music was actively disallowed. Somehow, despite that major obstacle, she has managed to hone her organic talent into commercial music success, largely on the merits of her own ingenuity and determination.

Phildel’s sound is a fragile mix of Enya and Tori Amos, with ambiguous lyrics and lavish, soaring instrumental arrangements. Her singing voice is pure and crystal clear, unaffected by the current female vocal fashion (think Adele, then forget about her). Harmonically and rhythmically, Phildel’s music is a bit square, but it does create a certain ambience, perfect for setting a mood, even if it then seems to fade into the background.

The ‘The Disappearance of the Girl’ album by Phildel is available now from Decca. Watch the promo video for ‘Storm Song’ below; if you like it, you can get the mp3 for free by signing up for her mailing list here.


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1:33 pm
18th April 2013

RT @tgtf: New post: Bands to Watch #265: Phildel @PHILDEL:

[…] singer/songwriter Phildel, who Carrie wrote about in a Bands to Watch this past spring, has a new video for ‘Comfort Me’. The song features on Phildel’s forthcoming EP […]

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