Prelude is Philip Xander’s long-awaited debut-CD. This ‘art folk concept album’ consists of 12 instrumental compositions drawing upon worldwide styles of traditional and folk music, woven together with modern psychedelic influences and soundscapes. Philip Xander’s acoustic guitar forms the basis of lush arrangements featuring various traditional instruments such as mandolin, violin, Celtic harp, harmonium, Arabic percussion and double bass, as well as the contemporary Rhodes piano, synthesizers and a drum kit.
The concept was born from two of Philip Xander’s other passions: philosophy and fiction. With only the artwork, the songtitles and the music itself to navigate by, the listener is invited on a cryptic journey through time and space, to consider classic themes of humanity and divinity, of society and the individual, of nature and culture – and to ultimately discover for themselves what meaning lies within.