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“A Light and A Line” is not only the name of the new album by singer-songwriter, Philip Boone, it is a metaphor that represents something fine--endurance through hardship, earned understanding, and simple grace. With easeful, smooth melodies Boone’s voice hovers above an organic arrangement of warm guitars and pianos, and tells universal stories with intimate detail.
Philip Boone’s “A Light and A Line” was released on March 19, 2013. “A Light and A Line” is an equal blend of the serenity of the vast expanse of Texas plains and the stunning wilderness of his current home in Topanga Canyon, CA. Boone’s music is surprisingly reminiscent of the recordings made by his predecessors from the shining 60’s and 70’s, who also travelled far from home to call the lush canyons of Southern California home.
“A Light and A Line” spent a good two years as a work in progress. Boone had become friends with fellow Topanga Canyon resident Noah Georgeson (with mixing credits from the Strokes, Devendra Banhart, and Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes). Georgeson suggested trying out his fellow bandmate Greg Rogove on drums, from Devendra Banhart’s band. The recording session was completed in 2011 and in a neighborly exchange for cat-sitting, Georgeson took over on the mixing process. The album released the following October.
A native of Dallas, TX, Boone also called Austin home before relocating to Topanga. The two profoundly different cultures each played a major role in shaping his songwriting, and the arrangements of “A Light and A Line.” In fact, the aptly named “Country Song,” in which Boone states, “I caught the sun, and then I set it free,” was written two days after his move to California. “I’m actually a little surprised at the overall positivity of the album when I look at it as a whole,” says Boone. That positivity, carefully disguised as skepticism, can be read in subtle hints throughout the record. Boone recalls, “It’s funny, when I lived in Texas, everyone called me a hippie. Out here, I’m the skeptical cynic.”
“A Light and A Line,” which derives it’s name from a line in the dreamy waltz “Margarita (A Good Friend of Mine)”, represents a beacon to Philip Boone. “It symbolizes a light that can guide you out of darkness. Everyone has their darkness, and everyone needs to be shown the light sometimes."