Mandalay

by Philip Peters

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On Philip Peters' 4th solo LP, "Mandalay", the artist continues the amazing juxtaposition of styles he's been developing since beginning in the earliest days of the U.S. Punk/Post-Punk and New Wave scenes of the late 1970s to early 80s.
In today's age of everyone "doing it themselves", I know it doesn't sound as impressive any longer to say "he plays all the instruments". But in Phil Peters' case the range of styles and textures that Peters is able to capture really is remarkable, with probably 2% of the technology that a lot of others have access to!

The styles range anywhere from Classic late 60s/early 70s Rolling Stones, Small Faces blues rock to early 80s Cure/ dark post-punk pop styles, and back again to the acoustic/bluegrass ramblings of Led Zeppelin, and finally to total all-out 1970s plodding sludge riff rock.

The lyrics are poignant and reflective of the immense challenges, and often futile nature of intimacy and trust. As in life, it's only hope, morbid curiosity and interest in irony that keeps Philip from total collapse, and to keep moving. His vocals, long a challenge in almost an overly honest expression, and traditionally always the most raw aspect of his recordings, continue to develop nicely, with a nice Peter Murphy whine, floating on top of a new darker baritone tone in his lower register. Peters' vocals are delivered with relentless intent.

Here are some brief descriptions of tracks included in the
Philip Peters 'Mandalay' LP
(released fall 2014):

"Where Do You Go" – bluesy early 1970s rock

"Mandalay" – textural, reflective

"Miss Molotov" – rock and roll pop ala The Stones "Tumbling Dice"

"Kissing Olga" – Zeppelin'y bluegrass sounds

"Every Little Thing" – 1965 Bob Dylan organ sounds, like "Like A Rolling Stone"

"Feathers and Tar" – starts off with edgy piano and rock and roll guitar of early solo John Lennon. Almost beat down, maybe not able to get up. Ends up pretty epic, with strings.

"Secondhand Prince Charming" – cool dark pop, ala The Church's "Under the Milky Way". great reverb guitar solo!

"Vicky Vendetta" – Nice little droning "Mother's Little Helper" reminiscent riff, over solid hard driving beat.

"Bring You Silver And Gold" – 1970s fudge rock. Nice distorted vocals. Almost a reworking of
Zeppelin's "Gallows Pole"

"Grapevine" – Totally cool, '70s riff rock. A little bit of Black Sabbath influence

"Star Crossed Lover" – Great short song. Has it all. Sadness, hope

"Control" – Great lyrics. "you were the one in control, what went wrong?" He's not sure whether he's blaming, or merely identifying the hopeless nature of dealing with relationships, power struggles and co-dependence. Best vocals yet, great range. Great chords that have always been one of Philip's best elements of song execution. Great LP closer. Understated, both with beauty and a brutal identification with the situation of love.

Finally, as the way it should be, each new Philip Peters LP just gets better! I eagerly await the next one.

credits

released October 1, 2014

All music written and performed by Philip Peters. Mastered by Daniel Rocha and SatoriStudios.

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Track Name: Mandalay
hey mandalay why you want to treat you man that way
and what is it inside of you that makes you do the things you should't do
and you can't wait until tonight for acting out this opera thats your life

hey mandalay
hey mandalay
hey mandalay
why you do me that way
why you do me that way
ooh ooh ahh ahh
what makes you treat you man that way
what makes you treat you man that way

what demon lives inside of you that makes you do the things you should't do
and brings you out into the night. you wont recall in the morning light
and can't you find another stage for acting out this drama that you make

hey mandalay
hey mandalay
hey mandalay
why you do me that way
why you do me that way
ooh ooh ahh ahh
what makes you treat you man that way
what makes you treat you man that way

in an enchanted garden my love and I did meet
she past this garden with that snow all over her feet
she bid me take love easy as the leaflets grow one the tree
but being young and foolish i would not agree
in a field down by the river my love and i would stand
on my leaning shoulder she would lay her snow white hand
she bid me take love easy as the grass grows on the weir
but i was young and foolish and now i'm full of tears
now i'm full of tears
now i'm full of tears

what makes you treat you man that way
what makes you treat you man that way
now I want to know
hey mandalay
hey mandalay
hey mandalay
why you do me that way
why you do me that way
ooh ooh ahh ahh
what makes you treat you man that way
what makes you treat you man that way

© 2014
Track Name: Miss Molotov
stoping by your place, stepping over bottles lying on the floor
whipping off your face, and fixing your mascara from the night before
feeding the fire, lets get you somewhere that its safe to go off
but this funeral pyre, you acts so tuff but feels so soft

so throw some fuel for the fire, and keep it stoked with the flames of desire
it gets you higher and higher, when you come back down theres gonna be hell to pay
but right now i got nothing to say

hoo hoo hoo hoo
and i'm dancing with miss molotov
hoo hoo hoo hoo
cause i never know when your are gonna go off
hoo hoo hoo hoo
it feels like dancing with miss molotov
hoo hoo hoo hoo
and i never know i never know

fall into my arms, i get a little taste of Babylon
and you do it with such charm, now things are ok but that wont last long
feeding the fire, lets get you somewhere that its safe to go off
but this funeral pyre, you know you acts so tuff but your just that soft

so throw some fuel for the fire, and keep it stoked with the flames of desire
it gets you higher and higher, when you get back down theres gonna be hell to pay
but right now i got nothing to say

hoo hoo hoo hoo
and i'm dancing with miss molotov
hoo hoo hoo hoo
cause i never know when your are gonna go off
hoo hoo hoo hoo
and i'm dancing with miss molotov
hoo hoo hoo hoo
yeah i never know when you are gonna go off

© 2014
Track Name: Feathers and Tar
I see your running with all of the dregs of society
but your eyes look redder then white
mood blacker then blue in this company

and who am i to tell you what you should do
to secant guess you now after all you been threw
and who am i that you'r not just as cleaver as me
maybe somebody who loves you honestly

and your looking a mess these days
wheres all the glamor i ones saw
but i wont follow in your cloven hoof prints
your just running away from feathers and tar

and who am i to tell you what you should do
to secant guess you now after all you been threw
and who am i that you'r not just as cleaver as me

maybe you should come back and see

and who am i to tell you what you should do
to secant guess you now after all you been threw
and who am i that you'r not just as cleaver as me
maybe somebody who loves you honestly