TOM'S PICK: "Whether he's playing his regular gig with Hiss Golden Messenger, reuniting with high-school bandmate Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), or singing his own songs, Phil Cook's excitement and passion for music always show through. 'People Are My Drug' is a careful, deliberate record that explores topical themes with timeless grace, and it listens like a gospel revival."
Vinyl LP pressing. Transforming pain and injustice into love and compassion is a rendering that has been universal to poets and prophets for centuries. In present times, choosing to amplify community and positivity through art can seem like a radical act. With the arrival of People Are My Drug, Phil Cook is taking the spark from lights left on by musical heroes and offering a torch for listeners as they navigate their own dark corners. Where 2015's Southland Missionilluminated for listeners what Cook hears in his head, this latest record lays bare the way that music makes him feel. Side A alone, culminating with the shiver-inducing "Another Mother's Son," has the capacity to light a fire in even the coldest of hearts.