Phil Gould – Beautiful Wounds

Assembling a network of collaborators, ex-Level 42 percussion and keyboardist, Phil Gould returns with ‘Beautiful Wounds’ – the first single and title track of his new solo album – out via Abbey Records.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is the message emanating from ‘Beautiful Wounds’. With intimate layers of rich, front and centre production, the track is a reflection on life’s struggles and how scars ultimately come to define us through enhancing our humanity, rather than detract from it. Amplifying Italian singer Diana Winter’s beckoning vocal, each instrument appears superimposed and pronounced without sounding overwhelming or crowded. The audible blank space only serves to compliment the mix as Gould asserts less is more on a masterful first offering.   

Directed by Sarah Scherer, ‘Beautiful Wounds’ is visually captured through a stunning interpretive music video. You can check it out via the link HERE. 

Phil Gould: “Given the parlous state of the world it feels important to remind ourselves of the beauty that comes with our humanity, with all our foibles, our failures, our struggles, our demons and despite (or even because of) the scars we carry from the lives we’ve lived until now. We are all made more beautiful, more human by the wounds we pick up along the way. Often the damage that’s done to us, or we do to ourselves, is the basis of our compassion for others.”

Phil Gould is an internationally acclaimed drummer, composer and lyricist who is most recognised for being a founding member of the much-celebrated British jazz-funk outfit, Level 42. Alongside the band’s original line-up (Mark King, Mike Lindup, Boon and Wally Badarou being an unofficial fifth member) they recorded seven studio albums and one live album, achieving widespread acclaim across Europe and North America. 

Following the many successes achieved by the band, Phil decided to take his own solo route, spending his time raising his family whilst exploring other music genres, collaborating with myriads of talented artists and continuing to write, away from the pressure of a major touring band. Now having finished his first signed project since his Level 42 days, Phil is finally ready for the world to hear his new sound. “I see this album as a transition for me” says Phil, “moving from popular music on a major label, and intensely labouring over the finesse of production into a simpler way of making music and leaving the mastery of each musician room to breathe.”

Beautiful Wounds’ promises to be an exciting new era for an artist poised to make an unforgettable sonic transition.

Phil Gould’s new single, ‘Beautiful Wounds’ is available from October 23rd. More details on the album to follow.