REVIEWS & PRESS
"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 ..."
"This land we love's a fiery tomb ..."
Zach Phillips is a San Diego-based singer-songwriter. His latest album, "The Wine of Youth," is an unusual hybrid of folk- and roots-rock, chamber pop, indie country, even ambient. It's a concept album loosely based on the eternal cycles of love, life, death and rebirth. And, of course, California. The old, weird California. The California of the desert, mountains, spiritualists and lovers. The California that taketh and giveth away, over and over and over again ...
Minus a few nebulous Instagram posts, "The Wine of Youth" was recorded mostly in secret during the summer and early fall of 2019. Cut at producer Gregg Montante's studio, the album came together after Zach took a 13-year hiatus from performing and recording.
"The Wine of Youth"
Produced by Gregg Montante and Zach Phillips.
Recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by Gregg Montante.
All songs by Zach Phillips.
Zach Phillips: vocals; electric and acoustic rhythm and lead guitars (except where noted); pianos, organs and keyboards (tracks 1, 5, 7 and 13); mandolins
Gregg Montante: bass; drums; string arrangements; lead guitar on tracks 5 and 11; faux slide guitar on tracks 2, 4, 5 and 8
Bobby Cressey: organ and piano on tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 12
Gloria Taylor: vocals on tracks 2 and 10
Front and back cover album collages by Eloise Burgin.
Album layout by Gagadesign.