313 is the new Phideaux album. Initially begun on 3/13/04 as an "album in a day" project, this ambitious album grew into an album in a year and though the songs are spontaneous and "astral" to quote a friend, the production is top notch. This album is like those lost classics of the late 60's and early 70's which take you on a journey through the 48 minutes you are plugged in... For fans of Moody Blues, Strawbs, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Tull, Bowie, Peter Gabriel and psychedelic, progressive rock. "Phideaux is one that will give bands likePorcupine Tree and Blackfield a run for the money. Yeah I said that!" Ron aka ProgNaut - a comment on myspace.com/phideaux (ProgNaut.com) "Superb! We now have five albums from this musical superstar (well, four, he discounts his first body of work). The production values of Phideaux's latest offering, 313 (Three Thirteen) are still as apparent as they were on the first record I had the pleasure of listening to. His music is progressive and haunting however, I feel that this collection of songs is more grounded and accessible - that's just a fact, not a judgement! Ace." Rob Rowley, The Grain Division http://homepage.ntlworld.com/rob.rowley/graindivision/ "Phideaux wouldn't be Phideaux if there wasn't an inherent playfulness in nearly every song. "Have You Hugged Your Robot" adds the classical Peer Gynt theme by Edvard Grieg. "Never Gonna Go" is spoiling us with proggish mellotron sounds. "Watching Machine" has crazy keyboards and a Beach Boys attitude. "Run Singing Tiger" has this typical West Coast sound, like a contemporary Jefferson Airplane. Only the middle of the album comes with more melancholic material that is not so immediately accessible, but then after a couple of sessions you will also start loving the ecological ballad "Orangutan" and the trippy space rocking "Sick Of Me" with vocoder and electric sitar. Now I only mentioned a couple of the tracks here, but they alone show already how many different moods Phideaux checked out on that fateful day in 2004. I can't but give it again 9 points. Phideaux's albums are all equally great, even if not one sounds like any other. If you have to start somewhere, just start by buying them all!" DisAgreement.net underground music e-zine from Luxembourg "For those who would like to try something different from the familiar and well travelled path, then this album could be a revelation for you. And if you like very strong vocal artistry, then ‘313’ is the one for you as well. Let’s be extra clear… this is good music with good vocals. When listening to this CD, you can let yourself be carried away because this ‘symphony’ of ‘harmony’ sounds excellent." Reviewed by Jany at prog-nose.org
About the Artist
Phideaux is a loose anarchistic troupe/recording project between songwriter Phideaux Xavier, drummer Rich Hutchins, and a revolving cast of friends. We seek to make mysterious and melodic music for the sheer love of it. We put out albums so we can meet other musicians who like music that makes you think, and to network with friends, fans and colleagues. Our music is funny, serious, doomy, derivative, innovative, and great for out-of-body trips. Space folk, classic rock, progressive rock... call it what you will!