Philip Marino is a singer/songwriter who writes well crafted, honest songs. He has been a favourite of mine for years and has just released ‘How it Seems’, a brand new single.

Originally from the United States, Marino is now based in Colchester, Essex and constantly has a record in the making. ‘How it Seems’ is the follow up to last year’s full length album ‘Chasing Ghosts’. Known for his alt-country/americana style, his latest single is one of his most open and honest tracks yet.

‘How it Seems’ is a dark song around the edges with a huge sense of reality. It’s not a happy song by any means but perhaps a soundtrack that is needed in the unpredictable times we live in. Marino describes the song in further detail and how it came about below:

“As the opening lines suggest, the song came from a series of conversations I had with a dear friend of mine. We both have found ourselves at a place in life that is not quite what we want, or what we imagined would be. That’s a difficult place to be, especially when you believe you’ve been living life on your own terms, listening mainly to your own inner-voice. “How did I get here?” as the song goes… I also think that feeling this way, especially these days, is not isolated to just me and my friend. So, this song was an opportunity to express those feelings.”

Even though it is a sad song, the production is empowering. Gentle acoustic tones compliment Marino’s deep voice perfectly, warming harmonies open up the track wonderfully and a charming fiddle adds that extra something to entice the listener. ‘How it Seems’ is a deep song lyrically and the instrumentation enables every word to be brought to life.

Philip Marino has worked with some fantastic people in music, most notably Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes). His craft reaches a new level with every release and we’re big fans of what he does, as are the likes of BBC Introducing with Ollie Winiberg praising him very highly.

We can’t wait to hear what’s next from Philip Marino but in the meantime, listen to ‘How it Seems’ below on Spotify:

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