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SINGLE REVIEW: As It Goes by Phil Edwards Band

With the release of the second single from their forthcoming sophomore album, As It Goes, the Phil Edwards Band look ready to step up to the next level, taking advantage of the radio support and social media attention they received last year with their breakthrough track Cabin In The Woods. As It Goes fulfils the promise of the band’s stylistic change first expressed in Cabin In The Woods. Still at the helm, and around which the organic instrumentation and subtle band sound centres, is Phil’s warm, earthy vocals and easy going demeanour. But it’s been augmented by a progression in their songwriting and an acute focus on the production and delivery of these and other contributory elements. As It Goes is a breezy, summery tune, with a conceptual thread running through it that’s likely to appease existing fans and guarantee new ones. Contained in the song is a deep sentiment but one delivered in a measured and even-toned way; just as you’d want such weighty ideas communicated in an adult indie pop song. This utilisation of intimacy to reveal thought-provoking ideas and statements is reinforced by not only the performances—smooth and undeviating, assisting Phil’s equally focused yet congenial and emotionally vibrant vocals—but by the production also, which is understated yet clear, coherent and polished. The song begins with a rhythm guitar that lays down the general feel of the song, percussive yet allowing enough space for the melody in the verse and chorus sections to breathe. Both chorus and verse melodies are closely aligned, and more like variations of the one musical braid. That said, the hook in the chorus is slyly seductive; perhaps, for this reason, the melodic elements of the song are crafted from out of a predominate arrangement of notes. And this is reflected in the concerns of the lyric also; a unifying theme of ‘living life as it goes’, recounted with variation and heartfelt introspection. The record will no doubt find its way onto radio playlists everywhere, not only because it will fit an array of formats from a musical point of view but perhaps because of the genuine set of emotions the song explores and the effective method by which it explores them.

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