BlackSheepLad Releases his début Album

BlackSheepLad (Alias Phil Mellen) has released his début album “Love Songs and Laments”

Love Songs and Laments’ is in all major online stores from Saturday 6th August 2022, and Includes his recent popular singles ‘Pantomime’ and ‘Another Love Song’. A limited edition cassette, that presents all songs at studio quality, is now available from his online store.

In some ways the album has been 30 years in the making, from when Phil started writing songs in his early 20s. Phil says ‘ I wouldn’t have believed that I would be releasing my début album at the age of 51, but I am delighted that I got there in the end. This is a labour of love, all self-penned and mostly self-played, and I am very proud of it.’

Track 1: Homeland is an ode to Phil’s Suffolk roots and combines guitar, bass and keys with vocal harmonies.

Track 2: Another Love Song is a jaunty romantic tune driven by ukulele and Kev Farrell’s excellent guitar.

Track 3: Eger is a slower, more reflective take on a romantic trip away from reality with accordion and baritone ukulele playing off each other.

Track 4: Collateral is the first of the laments and the most rocky musically, with drums, guitars and bass combining in a reflection on difficult decisions and the impact they have.

Track 5: Seen and Not Heard is the darkest track on the album with a plaintive clarinet sound playing over a downbeat baritone ukulele.

Track 6: Fall from Grace picks up the tempo with a repeating guitar riff joining verses about learning from a change in status.

Track 7: Pantomime is a folk-rock waltz about the death of a relationship.

Track 8: What’s left is love lifts the mood with a theme of love conquering all circumstances.

Track 9: Away is an upbeat, ukulele -led song about escaping your circumstances and finding quality time together.

Track 10: The album ends with Do You Know? A beautiful little love song to round off a beautiful album.

Phil will be playing 2 launch gigs with Kev Farrell and support from Tracey Browne as well as a range of other concerts in support of this new release. For more info on the upcoming live dates please see https://www.blacksheeplad.com/upcoming-gigs or visit our events pages to reserve your tickets.

©2022 P. Mellen
(P)2022 Wobbly Music

Mixed and mastered by Lynn Carol Monk at Wobbly Music’s Bakehouse studio.

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