A long time in the making, we’re more than a little excited to announce the imminent arrival of Rick Redbeard’s debut album ‘No Selfish Heart’. Released on January 28th 2013, the album represents the solo debut of Rick Redbeard aka Rick Anthony aka Rick, the lead singer with The Phantom Band. For lovers of beautiful, melancholy, spartan folk, prepare to be comprehensively smitten.
Here’s the press release to whet your whistle:
With an act as stylistically restive as The Phantom Band, you’d expect at least some of their number to harbour a renegade alter-ego or two. In the case of their vocalist-in-chief Rick Anthony, his ‘Rick Redbeard’ doppelgänger has been hiding in plain sight since The Phantom Band’s critically feted debut in 2009, with some material on ‘No Selfish Heart’ pre-dating ‘Checkmate Savage’ by as much as five years.
Originally conceived as an outlet for Anthony’s quieter, more introspective material, it’s fair to say that Redbeard’s ‘songbook’ has outgrown its brief, developing into much, much more than a dead letter office for The Phantom Band….MORE
On No Selfish Heart…
“An album that might have been captured any time over the past 50 years” MOJO [4/5]
“Something akin to a masterpiece” The List [4/5]
“Superb… beautiful…. a glorious album” Uncut [9/10]
“The entire album exudes a seductive yearning” The Scotsman [4/5]
“Simple yet beautiful” The Skinny [4/5]
“A delightful record to treasure” Drowned in Sound [8/10]
“This album in a word? Astonishing” The Herald
“Compelling… a raw statement of intent” Scotland on Sunday
This video was posted on youtube to promote the split single that the rather fantastic record label Gerry Loves Records released with Rick and (the equally marvellous) Adam Stafford. We’d wholeheartedly encourage you to support a great label (and a great single) by buying it here.