Phil Brown & The Apaches From Paris

"Cruel Inventions" Dixie Frog Records
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A bit of a slow burner this one as Californian guitarist Phil Brown is all about deep guitar tones, a bluesy groove and a dark voice that he uses effectively with some deliberate vocal phrasing. Sometimes his guitar sounds like Jeff Beck as on "Grind Me", while at other times he employs some Hendrix guitar lines as on the mixed back guitar lines of "Hour To Kill", and more obviously on Jimi's "If 6 Was 9".
On "Diva" his guitar lines float above a wash of keys in surreal fashion, while on the title track he whispers out his vocals in a sensuous manner before slipping once more into an almost psychedelic groove, complete with a "Low" style Bowie vocal line. As I said this is a slow burner but on the fourth play it all made sense!

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Grind Me
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Hour To Kill

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Phil Brown was number 9 in the Nov 2004 Playlist

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