REVIEWS & PRESS
Press for 2020's "The Wine of Youth"
2021 San Diego Music Awards Nominee for Best Americana / Country Album
"Played loud for maximum effect, 'The Wine Of Youth' is a timeless, yet contemporary masterpiece ...”
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(Five Out of Five Stars)
Roots Music Report
"... the textures and tones that accent the 13 tracks conjure the netherworld that lies between consciousness and dreams. They’re akin to gusts of wind lifting us higher and higher, and deeper and deeper, into another realm ..."
The Old Grey Cat
"... the year's most outstanding new collection of tunes ... The Wine of Youth is a beautiful-sounding, melodic, 13-song set of electric and acoustic Americana music with a little bit of perfectly placed Laurel Canyon harmonies that make you want to listen to the opaque lyrics … Phillips is a poet."
"... a stunning, experimental roots-rock effort. It's personal, full of emotions and highly recommended for any fans of the genre."
It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine
"... Phillips has something special ... [a] gift for melodic hooks and affecting poetic imagery."
Music Connection Magazine
"... sublime vocal melodies that rise and fall, circling those exquisite guitar notes and the subtle rhythm section. Lovely stuff."
Post to Wire
"A tribute to the old, weird California"
San Diego Reader
"It is a full-fledged homage to Cali, and the song 'Ladybird' is drenched in an organic wash of garden-rock vibes circa late '70s ... There are also sonic illusions or vocal amalgams of Cali surf country-rock bands like Beachwood Sparks blended with post-punk folk-rockers like Middle Brother filtered through classic folk-rock ala Jackson Browne."
"Inevitably, for an album focused on California, there are references to natural disasters and it feels strangely relevant right now."
"... the interesting, often unpredictable melodies, the evocative lyrics and the rich depth of Zach’s voice give the songs a certain unique quality."
At The Barrier
"Zach Phillips is a soft rock singer-songwriter of exceptional talent, delivering in The Wine of Youth well-constructed songs and pleasant melodies delivered with his warm, welcoming voice."
Geoff Wilbur's Music Blog
"... Zach seems to have a penchant for writing good melodies, and there is a lot more going on in the background than it first appears."
"Zach Phillips’ The Wine of Youth is a solid set of pop that fans of the genre should enjoy."
San Diego Troubadour
"Its hook-laden songs can just wash over you ..."
Zach Phillips is a San Diego-based singer-songwriter. His latest album, “Goddaughters,” follows up 2020’s critically acclaimed “The Wine of Youth."
“Goddaughters” is a cinematic roots-rock song cycle that draws as much from spectral dream-pop as it does folk and indie. Following in the vein of classic singer-songwriters, the album is an interior travelogue that maps out journeys of longing, seeking and, ultimately, redemption.
Stylistically, there are hints of ’90s alternative (“Worshipers,” “Harmony Grove”) side by side with British folk (“New Star,” “Goddaughters”), all channeled through signature California roots-rock. Equally mantra-like and jagged, dreamlike and soulful, “Goddaughters” lives in a world where spaced-out guitars play nice with organs and mandolins. Where indie rock and indie country go hand in hand.
Produced by Gregg Montante and Zach Phillips.
Recorded, engineered and mixed by Gregg Montante.
Mastered by Riley Knapp.
All songs by Zach Phillips.
Zach Phillips: vocals; electric and acoustic rhythm and lead guitars; organs, pianos and keyboards; mandolins
Gregg Montante: bass; drums; string arrangements; lead guitars; faux slide guitars
Bobby Cressey: organ and piano
Front cover album collage by Bea Mattos.