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“If you need comparisons, the likes of Ben Harper, Nick Drake, Doug Burr or Josh Garrels
(for both evocative guitars and warm voice) could be cited. But be sure, you will find none
of those afore mentioned listening to Phillip Bracken ; none of those, but a high dose of
unique emotions.„ www.youcrazydreamers.com
A meandering spirit, Phillip Bracken’s music embraces alternative soul, indie roots/blues, and
folk. Qualities guided by his rhythmic and hypnotic style of guitar playing. All of this
complemented by that evocative voice floating you up into the ether one moment before hurtling
you back to the dirt below in the very same line.
It was 2008 in Sydney, under the guidance of local guitarist/producer Peter Northcote, that
Bracken recorded his debut EP. Independently released Everything Looks Better in Candlelight
quickly garnered attention in Europe with radio play and comparisons to renowned artists from
Roy Harper to Ben Harper, Neil Young to Jeff Buckley, and Nick Drake to David Gray. Interest
enough to lure Bracken to Europe in 2012 where he was introduced to Polish ethno jazz icon
Unbeknownst to the Australian, a demo of his latest offering, The Opole Session, was passed
onto the multi-instrumentalist. Enthusiastic about this new sound Mielcarek gathered three of
Poland’s rising musical sons and Bracken found himself in Radio Opole, Poland, recording a live
album. “It was a humbling experience„, recalls the Australian floored by the intuition and passion
the musicians had. “We had a day to rehearse and a day to record and I was left buzzing for a
The recording, a string of shows and festivals led to Bracken and his family relocating to Poland
10 months later. “I’m the son of migrants. I moved around from a young age and where I belong I
cannot say.„ A statement echoed in his diversity of sounds.
With countless gigs in Australia and Poland, his new home has enabled him to gain a following in
Europe with solo shows in Germany, and Portugal, and festivals and tours in Italy, Czech
Republic and Poland. 2016 looms large for Bracken with plans for more touring and recording.
“Bracken´s voice is hypnotic, a statement difficult to deny, as he managed to mesmerize the
public for an hour. If it hadn´t been for the festival time restrictions, the audience wouldn´t have
let Phillip leave the stage.„ Alter Folk Festival Zywiec 2013, Mariusz Waligora,