Sam Phillips, the singer / songwriter who brought us our beloved ‘La La La’s’ in Gilmore Girls and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, has just released a new digital-only EP, her first release since 2003. The 8-track downloadable EP, Human Contact is Never Easy, features four new tracks from her upcoming 2017 album, World on Sticks. I’ve partnered with Sam to bring you a fantastic giveaway!!
Human Contact is Never Easy by Sam Phillips
Human Contact is Never Easy is an eight song EP comprising studio recordings of four new songs, two songs recorded live during Sam’s 2013 performances at Largo in West Hollywood and two tracks from Push Any Button, her 2013 album.
The new mini-album is being released by Littlebox Recordings exclusively as a paid download from all major download retailers (links available here). The studio tracks were recorded and mixed by Eric Gorfain in an old Charlie Chaplin-era bungalow and were produced by Phillips and mastered by Mike Piersante. Sam was joined in the studio by Jay Bellerose, drums and percussion; Jennifer Condos, bass guitar; Eric Gorfain, violin, string arrangements, keyboards; Richard Dodd, cello.
Entering is easy! There are 5 prizes to win! There will be 4 giveaways of Human Contact is Never Easy in download form, with no geographic restrictions, and 1 Grand Prize Package featuring a Human Contact is Never Easy download, a Push Any Button CD or vinyl, a Don’t Do Anything CD, the A Boot and a Shoe CD, all signed by Sam Phillips! The grand prize will be restricted to the US only.
Sam Phillips on Gilmore Girls
Back in 2000, Sam Phillips got a phone call asking her to do the music for Gilmore Girls. The rest, as they say, is history. Gilmore Girls was the first television show that Sam had worked on and the whole creative process included working closely with Amy Sherman-Pallagino, who always had strong opinions on music that often went contrary to the “norms.” Amy wasn’t looking for a “typical” TV score.
Amy once said that Sam’s music felt like it “was coming out of the girls’ heads,” an extension of their thoughts and emotions that helps elevate the show. Sam intentionally wrote with “La’s” and background vocals so as to avoid “stepping on the great, rapid-fire dialogue.” Of course, you can also see Sam Phillips in the episode Partings, her one on-screen appearance for the show!
Sam Phillips spent much of 2016 composing and performing the original score for the revived Gilmore Girls series, recording with the same people who appear in her latest album. This time around, Sam Phillips came to the table read to get a feel for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and noted how “easy” it was for her to return to the world of Stars Hollow. And how it’s the kind of show that can “just go on forever,” as all of us fans secretly hope!