Zoe Phillips

FRESH: ‘Paralysed’ (EP) – Zoe Phillips

Zoe Phillips releases her “Paralysed” EP

“Paralysed” is the new EP from British singer and songwriter Zoe Phillips, her first body of new material for three years. The five track EP features three already released singles, allong with two new compositions, including the title track, which is inspired by the concept of being paralysed in indecision. Zoe has already received high acclaim, being featured on BBC Introducing while remixes of her song “Numb” even made it to Radio 1!

The EP starts with the accoustic title track which showcases Zoe’s angelic vocals set adrift with a guitar based, easy listening melody, while the pace and drama picks up with “Figured It All Out”. The aforementioned “Numb” is presented here in its original, stripped back form, a sweet indie-folk deity that could not harm anyone. “Love Is Gone” is vibrant and upbeat as “Figured It All Out” as it deals with the loss of love and all the emotions it stirrs and creates.

The EP closes with another slice of exquisite honest-pop, “Hideaway”, as Zoe admitts she would happily run away and even hideaway. From what? I’ll leave Zoe to tell you about that! “Paralysed” is a collection of songs that offer something different to the norm. If you’re fed up with bouncy pop or heady dance then this is time well spent, whether reflecting or just spending an evening with a glass of wine on your own or with others, with Zoe’s easy-on-the-ear harmonies as the perfect backdrop.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!