Published on August 29th, 2023 | by Phil
Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay release new album !
Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay are set to release a new instrumental album, AM PM. AM PM is due out on October 13th via BFD/The Orchard. The saxophone and guitar heavy, ambient set captures the instrumental interplay and unique textural sounds for which Manzanera and Mackay have come to be known for.
Of AM PM, Phil Manzanera commented:
“During the UK’s 2020/2021 Covid Lockdowns I was working on songs with Tim Finn but I also had an urge to do some spontaneous instrumental music. I rang Andy Mackay and asked if he would be interested in working on an album together, he was, and thus the AM PM album was started. After the discipline of working on song structures it was very liberating to just try and find solutions to unstructured bits of music. It’s like starting out on a journey with no idea of where to go and then ending the journey in a beautiful location. The music has turned out to be nothing like we could have pre-written and difficult to categorise except to say it’s really a musical expression of our two brains still interacting 50 years on. The listener can decide for themselves which pieces resonate for them. Instrumental music is open to the listener’s interpretation, allowing them to create their own stories and that’s why it can be truly transformative and magical, and sometimes unsettling.
After the Autumn 2022 Roxy 50th celebration tour Andy and I went into the studio and completed the album with the help of engineer/producer Mike Boddy and the drumming of Paul Thompson on four tracks. We were all feeling match-fit after the successful Roxy tour and preceding rehearsal period, so it was a good moment to capture our ‘heightened’ musicality in a more free context. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help and craftsmanship of Mike Boddy as engineer and co-producer. The album also features soloing from violinist Ana Phoebe, Flugelhorn suprema Yazz Ahmed , experimental flautist Seth Scott and George Goode ,a very talented and young Tuba player from Dulwich College.
AM PM is a continuation of my passion for instrumental music and the freedom it brings me, where the creative possibilities can seem endless and without limits”.
Check out the official video for “Blue Skies” here.
AM PM is co-produced, engineered and mixed by Mike Boddy (Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, The Fall) and recorded at Phil Manzanera’s Gallery Studios, and 5DB, London. The album features Manzanera on guitars, Andy Mackay on saxes, Anna Phoebe on violin, Seth Scott on flute, George Goode on tuba, Paul Thompson on drums, Yazz Ahmed on flugelhorn and Mike Boddy on bass/programming/keyboards.
Click here to access AM PM cover art for the vinyl release;
Here is the AM PM track listing:
1. Blue Skies
2. Mat 1
The album is now available to preorder as a CD or Vinyl via this links :