When you’re a musician used to a certain creative groove, it’s disorienting to have this rhythm disrupted. Like many musicians, Grant-Lee Phillips sought out silver linings wherever he could find them when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But in early 2021, when Phillips realized any potential touring options were still on hold for the foreseeable future, he started to write and record a new solo album at home. “I found respite in the process when I could do little else,” he says. “It became a sort of meditation on this time in my life and the events that we’ve collectively experienced.
The resulting full-length, All That You Can Dream, is understandably introspective, as it’s anchored by Phillips’ empathetic voice and rich acoustic guitar. The album’s lyrics attempt to make sense of an uncertain, anxiety-riddled time, while coming to terms with the idea that once-unshakeable things now seem fragile or fallible.
“In terms of subject matter, I found that the circumstances of being off the road, and left to reflect on what this time feels like, produced a different kind of song,” Phillips says. “I wasn’t entirely certain—and to be honest, I’m still not altogether certain—when I get to take these songs on the road. In some ways, that freed me up to write and record the kind of song that was personal and executed as though it were for an audience of myself alone. That’s freeing.”
The album’s lead single “A Sudden Place” is streaming worldwide.
All preorders of All That You Can Dream on CD & LP via Yep Roc/Bandcamp are autographed by Grant-Lee! Pre-order your copy here.
Yep Roc is also reissuing Grant-Lee’s long-out-of-print classic Little Moon on color vinyl for the first time! This burgundy color vinyl reissue is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. Bundle the LP or CD of Little Moon with the CD or First Edition LP of All That You Can Dream and save 25% on both albums!
See Grant-Lee Phillips On Tour
April 21 – Les Étoiles – Paris, France
April 22 – Folk å Rock – Malmo, Sweden
April 23 – Lille Sal – Esbjerg Tobakken, Denmark
April 24 – Hotel Cecil – Copenhagen, Denmark
April 25 – Hotel Cecil – Copenhagen, Denmark
April 27 – John Dee – Oslo, Norway
April 28 – Madam Felle – Bergen, Norway
April 29 – Byscenen – Trondheim, Norway
April 30 – Svømmehallen – Bodø, Norway
June 2 – City Winery Loft – Boston, MA
June 3 – City Winery Loft – New York City, NY
June 4 – City Winery Loft – Philadelphia, PA
June 5 – City Winery Loft – Washington, DC
June 7 – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
June 8 – Music Box – Cleveland, OH
June 9 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI
June 10 – OTSF – Chicago, IL
June 11 – Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WIAll That You Can Dream, Grant-Lee Phillips, Little Moon, New Release, reissue, Tour Dates