It seems dishonest to use some disembodied third person and not admit that I am writing this. Yes, me, Sumner James McGraw Phillips. Writing about my own music seems strange when you could just listen to it, but words felt necessary, so here goes.
1) When I release solo music, I use my first two names to honor my great grandfather Sumner Barlow, who was a poet and musician.
2) Ephemera is my second solo full length record.
3) The 11 songs that make up this record were written on a laptop from roughly May 2013 until January 2015.
These songs lived with me on the road with Bombadil and on vacation and at home and at the gym and on walks and as I went to sleep.They were my attempt to put perspective on a confusing few years. They helped me process my failures (and successes), and study the tricky internal fictions that memory creates. I chipped away at them slowly but surely, with a simple organizing framework in mind: the desire to illustrate memory with sound (although I wanted to write pop songs too). Most of all, I just wanted to make things because it made me feel better about the world. Many dear friends helped along the way, and I am grateful for them. I hope you enjoy it.
released April 11, 2016
All Songs by Sumner James Phillips
Recorded at Eyrst Studios (Portland, OR) and Pleasant Drive Studios (Durham, NC)
Produced by Justin Longerbeam & SJP
"Dance the Night Away" produced & recorded by Karl Kling at A/D Agency (Portland,OR)
Mixed by Justin Longerbeam & SJP
Mastered by Nick Vandenberg
Photography & Layout by Antonia Basler
Never Love Again - Written by SJP & Simota Young, Guitar: Collier Reeves
Babies - Guitar: Collier Reeves
Would You Runaway - Vocals: Cristina Cano
Dance the Night Away - Written by SJP & Karl Kling, Vocals: Cristina Cano, Karl Kling
Tired of Reminiscing - Written by SJP & Justin Longerbeam
Belief - Written by SJP & Ripley Snell, Vocals: Ripley Snell, Cristina Cano
Great Moments - Vocals: Cristina Cano
Special thanks to Torry Bend
Equipment used: Fender Rhodes Mark I, Roland Juno-106, Dave Smith Instruments Mopho, Ableton Live, various soft synths and plugins, various percussion