Boomkat Product Review:
Whilst David Holmes' Free Association never really escaped it's clichéd garage rock aspirations, one good thing certainly came from the group; Petra Jean Phillipson. Having put in a show-steaing performance on the band's 'Sugar Man', 'Notes On: Love' sees Jean Phillipson distancing herself from that previous incarnation with an album of emotionally wrought and friably structured compositions that furnish her beguiling voice with uncluttered production. Phew. Co-produced alongside ex-Verve guitarist and Blur's Graham Coxon stand-in, Simon Tong, 'Notes On: Love' opens with 'I Want The Impossible', a song whose lyrics initially come across like a toddler's hissy-fit; "I Wanna write a book that sings, I wanna ride a horse with rings, I wanna walk on water.... Yet rather than appear histrionic, Phillipson manages (alongside some bare-bones acoustic detritus) to turn the list of demands into a sultry and becoming siren song, which is equal parts Beth Orton, Roisin Murphy and Billy Holliday. Similarly, 'Oneday' branches out from Phillipson's captivating vocal base like a majestic elm, 'Independent Woman' comes across like a great, lost PJ Harvey song, whilst 'Wildfire' drips with regret and ill-concealed lust. Having garnered extensive coverage in The Sunday Times and with a Turin Breaks tour support upcoming, Phillipson's greatest threat is becoming assimilated into the Zero 7-led, dinner party cabal... And that, people, would be a very bad thing.