E.G. Phillips | Lady of the Shadows

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Lady of the Shadows

by E.G. Phillips

The first collaboration between songwriter E.G. Phillips and producer Ben Osheroff, this song is a loving portrait painted in cinematic, whimsical imagery with a curious mix of haunting backing vocals, Wurlitzer and accordion accompanying acoustic guitar.
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Album Notes
Who is the “Lady of the Shadows?” — well her inspiration was Luna Taylor, another singer/songwriter I know from the Bay Area music scene (she’s subsequently moved down to San Diego). Luna has this lovely habit of taking photos of shadows and has a whole album of such pictures on her Facebook page. She is, by the way, responsible for the photo I’m using for the album artwork.

To say the song is at all an accurate portrait of Luna of course would be overstating the case. For instance, to my knowledge, Luna has never waltzed with a scarecrow around a frosty autumn field under the moonlight. Though I can certainly imagine that she would. Nonetheless, it is an invention necessitated by (near) rhyme and my own whimsical tendencies.

An erudite and well-read woman with a penchant for fanciful notions and her own odd way of speaking, our eponymous lady appreciates the beauty of the world that can be found in the most mundane of places. Our lady also knows that the idea of capturing such ephemeral things is purely illusory — even if they themselves may need reminding of that so that they settle enough for her get some rendering of their likeness. Light and darkness are, after all, wild or barely tame creatures.

There may be the danger that people will regard this character as some sort of incarnation of the dreaded “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” trope, but I would reject this premise as all too reductionist, myopic and cynical. We love and appreciate the Lady of the Shadows because she sees the artistry in the dark silhouettes of our workaday world, and for that we are grateful, for now we can see it too.

This represents my first collaboration with Ben Osheroff as producer. There is more to come.

— E.G.

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar: E.G. Phillips
Backing Vocals: Louise Nalbandian, Shawn Byron
Bass: Shawn Miller
Accordion, Wurlizter, Percussion: Ben Osheroff

Words and Music by E.G. Phillips
Produced by Ben Osheroff
Mastered by Matt Boudreau, Working Class Audio

Photo: Luna Taylor



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