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Summit Of The Big Low

“Time has coloured my patience with rust… are you coming back to me?”

Canadian born, English raised singer-songwriter Toby Uffindell-Phillips embarks down a new musical avenue under the guise – Summit of the Big Low. Having cut his teeth in the early part of the millennium with acoustic electronica group Sound Sanctuary and subsequently as frontman of off-piste indie pop band Burning Shapes in the early 2010s, Toby found himself without company as he began to pen fresh material from his Sevenoaks based bedroom studio in the summer of 2014. The recordings that followed would form the backbone of a new songwriting project that would slowly gain momentum between the ebb and flow of family life.

On occasion litmus tracks from a steadily growing repertoire would be posted for airplay or review to make sure the work was worthy of outside ears. Positive feedback from BBC Kent Introducing’s Abbie McCarthy and Tom Robinson’s Fresh On The Net listening post offered a good indication that the vibe was resonating with respected curators so the writing and recording continued.

Toby had begun bringing faces new and old into the fray to add guitar and harmony parts, but it was his decision to offer final production duties to past Sound Sanctuary collaboraters Bombay Monkey that had the greatest impact on these early tracks. Toby’s intimate and now matured acoustic songwriting style, married with Bombay’s atmospheric electro treatment, somehow made all the pieces fall into place and as the decade came to an close a plan formed to put some of the tracks out as a series of EPs throughout 2020.

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