Philip Woodbury has been writing music since his mid-teens, recording songs in his bedroom on a cheap digital 8-track and compiling them onto CDs for his family and friends. But as he aged, his recording proficiency grew—as did his means to purchase quality equipment—and in 2009 the Austin, Texas native released his first official album, There Exists And Abstraction Ladder, under the moniker Burywood.
Shortly thereafter, his live band dissipated and he laid his project to rest. But now Burywood is back and released his sophomore album, Sum Kinda Golden Age, this past October. Today, we are pleased to premiere “Blackberry Scowl,” the slow-burning opening track off the new record. The song begins with a sparse, finger-strummed acoustic guitar riff and Woodbury half singing half saying, “I know very well, I know very well,” the phrase that ends up being the mantra for the whole piece. As it progresses, Woodbury transitions into trembling instrumental breaks between lyrics, building up the tension before breaking into a full-blown pop melody that features standard drums, bass, two guitar parts and vocal harmonies. Woodbury’s pop sensibility it dead-on, making this track one you could listen to on repeat all day.
Listen to “Blackberry Scowl,” below.