These are songs suspended in the beating heart of America, introspective and intensely poetic…. Distant is a record to be sipped with attention and patience, a rich story...a disc with remarkable poetic force. ”

— Lonestar Time

“On the incantatory “Don’t Mind Me”, the voice of Wisor approaches that of Michael Stipe of REM, while the ethereal “Jennifer Pine Tree” evoke Neil Young. A songwriter-performer as lively and relevant as original.”

- Paris Move (France)

 

“Phillips continues to create original folk music thanks to Neil Young and Maybelle Carter.  Some songs have an almost mythical quality… A signature mix of sadness and possibility, a distant confidence in the possibility of magic.”

- Rootville


“(Stripmall Ballads)...cheerfully stares into life’s darker moments.  A rich and intimate album….The more we play it, the more we like it.”

 - Congleton Chronicle (UK)

 

“A balance of light and dark, scratched out on a minimalist sonic canvas, ingrained with dust and the flakes of lives, fans of Jim White, the bleaker side of Neil Young and the music of grizzled mountain folk singers played on paint-peeling front porches should seek it out.”

- Fatea Magazine, UK

"Vivid imagery and creative songwriting…It’s 21st century Dustbowl Americana - a modern sound with hints of the greats…."

- Gerry, McNally, Folk and Tumble (Ireland)

 

“(Distant) is dark, even threatening, but very nicely describing what the journey through the underbelly of America can look like.”

- Rootstime (Belgium)

 

“Phillips Saylor Wisor has led an interesting life, wandering the back roads of the American dream. With Distant he channels the ghosts of the highways and byways. He follows paths established by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson and dozens of others immortalised in Library of Congress recordings discovered during teenage fever dreams. Five years as half of the Shiftless Rounders, along with stints in King Wilkie and Vandaveer, heightened his resolve to follow a path determined by roads less taken.”

- For Folk’s Sake (UK)

 

“Phillips delves deep…. Neil Young’s “On The Beach” combines here with the work of Billy Prince Billy.  Good Album.”

- Ox Fanzine (Germany)

Distant (2020)

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