If you’d like some hazy spring sunshine to replace those wintry blues, then check out this video premiere from Wino-strut. From the comfort of your home, the video for ‘My Whole Heart is Blue’ takes you on a drive through California in a convertible. The footage of those streets under a blue sky, and the freedom they represent, evoke strong feelings of nostalgia. Robert “Bob” Cook, the video director and dobro/Hammond B3 player explains how he created the visual: “Lately I’ve been creating one minute experimental shorts using 8mm film and discussed with David (vocals, rhythm guitar) the idea of a music video without images of the band. I edited together four pieces that seemed to resonate well with the verses and the 8mm film format obviously echoes and reinforces the longing and nostalgia the song evokes, so overall I think it worked well.”
Wino-Strut (AKA David Phillips) produces roots rock with a touch of cosmic country, masterfully supported by Cook, Omar El Deeb (bass), Alexander Loweth (drums) and Guy Welles (acoustic violin, mandolin). Phillips’ distinctive wailing vocal pierces rich instrumental layers in latest single ‘My Whole Heart is Blue’, which is from the recent album ‘Bloodsicle’. Tinkling mandolin plays over a throbbing, hypnotic bass and the guitars rise to the stratosphere while the listener becomes lost in the music. Excellent stuff.
When he’s not making music, David Phillips is creating Avant-Garde artwork in his studio in Venice Beach, California. He explains something of his approach to art: “I named my art wino-strut. I needed something that was larger than the art world. I make films, collage, abstract paintings, figurative paintings, write music. I make contemporary art out of anything I can get my hands on. If we ever meet I’ll buy you a beer and tell you the story behind the term wino-strut.” Next time the AUK team are in Venice Beach, we’re going to have to check out that story…in the meantime, be absorbed by this.