For many people, it’s impossible to imagine Britta Phillips anywhere but New York. For starters, she lived there for over three decades—moving to the city as a teenager to pursue her dreams of rock and roll. In a more symbolic sense, the music she made with her husband Dean Wareham in their band LUNA (and later as Dean & Britta) is as deeply and intimately tied to Manhattan as Lou Reed’s.
Three years ago, Phillips and Wareham joined the wave of long-time New Yorkers decamping for LA. Initially they made the move to be near Wareham’s son, who moved with his mother, but the change ended up fitting into a larger sense of transition that Phillips saw taking shape in her life.