On August 10, Los Angeles-based musican Water Slice will release his self-titled EP on all streaming services.The EP is available to pre-order now atBandcamp. Water Slice will be playing a hometown record release show onAugust 7 at the Hi Hatin Los Angeles.
The band shared the latest single “Write Back” from the forthcoming EP. Last month Water Slice shared “Please Remember”. About the song Water Slice’s Patrick Phillips says, “The song’s about facing the fact that you’re not always where you thought you would be in life.” He adds, “But instead of freaking out about it, it’s important to remember what and who grounds you, to keep moving forward or dig deep and turn everything around.”
Trading in the overcast gloom of his Oregon home for the vast, sunlit backdrop of Los Angeles, Patrick Phillips, known as Water Slice, is gazing upon fresh beginnings.
When Phillips’ comfortable Portland life began to mirror an unending Portlandia sketch —working at a hip gastropub, playing packed local gigs, and djing niche African music— he decided to leave his comfy Portland lifestyle to pursue music in Los Angeles. In 2014, he moved into an idyllic artist house in the hills of Echo Park. On the rooftop, overlooking the city’s surreal landscape in the shade of a giant rubber tree, Phillips would contemplate life and write songs. This tranquil and mildly trippy atmosphere helped him establish what would eventually become his signature sunbaked resonance. During his first month in town, Phillips metJoaquin Pastor of James Supercave, and found himself playing bass in the dancy, psych-pop outfit for the next two years.
When Phillips departed from James Supercave he had time to process the past he left behind in Portland and dive back into his record collection of power-pop, post-punk, and world-psychedelia. This was the defining spark that led Phillips to pen his own material—a distinctive distillate of his own voice and sonic tone that he called Water Slice. Phillips spent honing his craft and writing new songs that were deeply drawn upon his own personal experiences. Under the spell of a previous romantic relationship that had dissolved, friendships that fell by the wayside, and the constant confusion of hanging onto life’s hollow past, Phillips’ latest batch of songs carry a tremendous amount of emotional heft—something that he initially didn’t set out to do.
This spring, Water Slice released, “This Way”, the first official single to his forthcoming self-titled debut EP. Phillips opened up about the process of making the song by noting that, “Many of my favorite tunes, whether post-punk, power-pop, or reggae, are stories of suffering, while staying undeniably groovy. I love this contrast of heavy lyrics with otherwise sunny music, and I kept this tradition in mind when writing ‘This Way.’ At the time I was stuck deep in a rut, ‘This Way’ is about accepting my flaws and pushing into the future with the people I love.”
Water Slice recorded majority of the forthcoming EP withChris Lynch and Adam Rasmussen of Gardens & Villaat their self-constructed recording studio located in Frogtown, which is immediately adjacent to the LA River. The only song not produced by Chris and Adam was “Please Remember.” That track was recorded and produced byGus Seyffert, who’s played bass with artists such as Roger Waters, Beck, and The Black Keys and has recorded the likes of Dr. Dog and James Supercave.
Performing inside the aural vicinity of power-pop and indie-psychedelic rock, those who listen to Water Slice’s new songs can expect to become connected with the struggles, sorrows, and reflective nuances found in Phillip’s songwriting. At the same token, Water Slice’s music is greatly accessible, remarkably groovy, and elicits a happier time and place for its listeners to travel back to. Songs like “Please Remember” touch upon the notion of one’s current state and putting yourself under the microscope. It’s embracing your flaws and learning not to freak out about where your life is headed. Looking closer at “This Way”, it examines how if one’s past life is creeping up on them, then change lanes and head in a different direction. If one thing is clear, the record encapsulates the belief that life is constantly shifting and only the beholder can control their own trajectory from completely going off the rails.
Water Slice EP Track List 1. This Way 2. Write Back 3. Jack Parsons 4. Please Remember 5. Culpability 6. T Walton