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ARTIST
TITLE
Life Coach
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
THR 258CD THR 258CD
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RELEASE DATE
1/24/2011

"Phil Manley, founding member of the pioneering DC-trio Trans Am, and in-demand recording engineer (The Alps, Arp, Mi Ami, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips) has recorded his debut solo album. Life Coach, a title inspired by Tony Williams Lifetime and Charles Bullen's Lifetones project, is a dynamic collection of instrumental songs composed, performed, and recorded entirely by Phil. While there are reflections of Phil's work in Trans Am, Oneida, The Fucking Champs, and Jonas Reinhardt that a listener familiar with those bands will notice, Life Coach is more minimal and adheres to the structures of German rock of the mid '70s that has long inspired Phil, specifically the free-spirited and loose arrangements, the propulsive 'motorik' pulse, and the sonic textures or 'Klangfarben' (translated 'sound colors'). German analog recording technology had reached its zenith in the late 70's. This coincided nicely with the careers of such artists as Neu!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster and Popol Vuh. German recording engineer Connie Plank, a hero of Phil's, was responsible for most of the greatest recordings of each of these bands. Life Coach pays homage to the 'Klangfarben' of Connie Plank's recordings."