Phil Manley, a founding member of Trans Am and a sought-after recording engineer, has just released a solo album, an instrumental collection of songs inspired by the sonic imagery of the Kosmische Kuriere and 70’s German rock bands like Harmonia, Cluster, Popol Vuh and Neu! Other influences are Connie Plank’s sonic ideas (especially his concept of “Klangfarben” or “sonic colours”). Manley has written ten songs featuring defining elements of the Trans Am, Oneida and The Fucking Champs universe, though he also ventures into calmer, more floating paths. Guitars (a Fender Telecaster and an acoustic Gibson Country-Western from 1967), synthesizers (Roland Juno 60, Crumar Orchestrator, Roland Organ Strings, Arp String Ensemble, Mini Moog and Roland GR-20) and a Roland TR-606 Drumatix were all used by Manley to create “Life Coach”, an album that promises to be surprising in the very least. Available in stores as of 25th January.
Phil Manley - “Life Coach”01. FT2 Theme02. Commercial Potential03. Lawrence, KS04. Forest Opening Theme05. Work It Out06. Make Good Choices07. Gay Bathers08. Night Visions09. Life Coach