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Welcome to the Village

by The Village

An album packed with contemporary personal reflections based around a lifetime in music, inspired by those things in life that everyone goes through - good and bad.
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. That's the Way It Is
2:47 $0.99
2. Little Tom Peep
3:04 $0.99
3. Land Called Far Away
4:00 $0.99
4. Loneliness Is an Empty Place
3:25 $0.99
5. Summerisle
1:41 $0.99
6. Goodnight Mr Pootles (For Jasper)
5:53 $0.99
7. Mind and You
3:25 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Village has only existed as an entity since June 2013, but the music played on debut album "Welcome to the Village" has been around for so much longer.

Phil Matthews has been playing guitar and writing songs since the age of 14 with various bands over the years.

From the early days with Applause right through to LaF he has been the main writer as well as lead/rhythm guitar player.

Phil has normally written in collaboration with others but over the last few months has felt the need to say things through the medium of song that are too personal for anyone else to get involved.

That is not to say that the album is one of introspective misery as a listen to tracks such as Little Tom Peep will testify.

The themes of the album are reflection, and reminiscence, along with thoughts of childhood and teenage years, but ironically the song which most obviously uses those themes "Goodnight Mr Pootles" is not a memory from Phil's youth, but was actually inspired by a very minor character in a book by best selling fanasy writer Jasper Fforde, an author whose work he admires greatly.

The book is titled "One of our Thursday's is missing", and Phil contacted Jasper to check that it was alright to use Mr Pootles (or just Pootles as he appears in the book) in the song and was excited to receive a personal reply from Mr Fforde giving the song his blessing.

As a result Phil decided to add the words "for Jasper" to the final version of the song.

"Land called far away" does, however, use personal memories and themes in its' lyrics. The opening line about racing with the devil referring to the late 60s' song by the Gun. It was the lead guitar work by Adrian Curtis/Gurvitz that inspired Phil to first pick up a guitar, while the line about chasing shadows name checks an old LaF song that still features in their live show.

Summerisle - the one instrumental on the album is the island to which Edward Woodward is drawn for his horrific death in the cult classic film "The Wicker Man."

Loneliness is an empty place was inspired by a night down the local pub which proved to be a fairly negative experience when none of the others who were supposed to join him bothered to turn up.

Both "Mind and you" and lead track "That's the way it is" are clearly about disagreements with someone - most likely female, although there are no clues as to whether the two songs are about different people or who they are.

The one remaining song "Little Tom Peep" is based on the British music hall idea of double-entendre and is not intended to be taken seriously.

The album was six months in the making, and Phil would like to take this opportunity to thank Andy Dobson for realizing all the graphic ideas that were in his head,

A special thank you must also be extended to Will Jennison at pro music mastering for making the final results sound so good.



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