Release date: 19th May 2014
ROCK-A-ROLLA: "Rich, continuous yarns of drone and arpeggiation. The earthly virtuosity of James Blackshaw comes to mind when the FX are scarce enough to let the finger-plucking come through, while those smeared organ tones stride down the aisles like a wedding hymn written by Stars of the Lid."
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: "Creates panoramic post-rock from the verdant greenery of England in much the same way Sigur Ros do it with the Icelandic fjords. One of 2014's most beguiling releases."
TEXTURA: "Powerfully evocative, it carves out an individualized soundworld that is reflective and even often hymnal."
DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY: "A noble, inventive and captivating collection."
THE ACTIVE LISTENER: "An emotive creature accomplished with subtly and nuance."
METRO: "A masterpiece."
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: "Wonderful."
DE SUBJECTIVISTEN: "Dreamy, psychedelic and poignant pieces. Amazing."
NORMAN RECORDS: "Stunning soundscapes based around the Peak District."
P.J. Philipson is a producer and guitarist based in Manchester. Known for his playing with Starless & Bible Black (Locust Music) and The Woodbine & Ivy Band (Folk Police Recordings), and his production work for Nancy Elizabeth (Leaf Records), his stunning debut album will surprise long-term admirers of his work.
Peaks comprises solo stereo delay guitar pieces recorded entirely live one summer night in a Manchester church. Melodic, rhythmic, inventive and spacious, Philipson's playing in Peaks takes its cue from innovators like Robert Fripp, Vini Reilly, Robin Guthrie, Michael Rother and Richard Skelton, but has a fully-realised concept unique to itself. Each track is titled and based around locations in north-west Derbyshire in England's Peak District, creating a strong sense of place and emotional attachment.