Sam Phillips: Opting For 'The Long Play'

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Sam Phillips' latest project, The Long Play, finds her taking advantage of unconventional distribution methods. Autumn de Wilde hide caption

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Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips' latest project, The Long Play, finds her taking advantage of unconventional distribution methods.

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From her beginnings as a Christian pop star to her recent work — which finds her exploring sparse, acoustic sounds — Sam Phillips has always been a critics' darling. Her intriguing lyrics, her accomplished vocals and her eagerness to evolve have made her music consistently intelligent and compelling.

Songs Heard In Interview

"I Don't Want to Fall in Love"

"What It All Means"

With the release of The Indescribable Wow, Phillips crossed into secular alt-rock territory with the help of producer T. Bone Burnett and close friend Elvis Costello. Eight successful albums later, Phillips still has critics lavishing her with praise. Her latest full-length, Don't Do Anything, follows the spare acoustic leanings of her last few releases and reaffirms her well-earned reputation as a gifted and engaging lyricist.

Philips' most recent project is The Long Play, a year-long subscription program that sends subscribers approximately five EPs' worth of new songs over the course of a year. Here, she updates World Cafe on her progress.

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