SINGLE REVIEW: Heart of Mine by Phil Edwards Band
It’s easy to understand why the Phil Edwards Band’s last single As It Goes was such a nationwide hit. It was the second track to be taken from their forthcoming album and a brilliant encapsulation of what the band are about.
Their brand of alt-country is appealing not only for all the other influences contained in their music, such as blues, rock and reggae but because of a pop sensibility, the strong melodies as well as the authentic performances. Heart Of Mine begins with a drum feel that sets the tone of the song from the get-go. It’s a quicker tempo than As It Goes, highlighting the rock aspect of their sound but it’s equally as endearing. After an intro featuring the band’s full sound, the verse appears, Phil’s emotional power drawn from the urgency of the feel and the lyric. There’s restraint in his voice but there’s also a sense of confidence which carries on into the chorus. Another verse and chorus segue way into a bridge section which sees the band utilising minimalistic approaches to accent the subtle feature of this part. Another intro follows which brings the band back in, complete with luscious sounding vocal harmonies. The free-wheeling nature of the track belies what is at the heart of this song, a love song, one that seems to move back and forth in time, crystallizing a true essence of loss and limitation that finally plays out in the breakdown chorus. The song ends on another cycle of a full chorus and the band blazing away.
Although this is a different kind of track to As It Goes, it will surely attract as much attention and receive the same amount of support from radio. The track is up, has sensitivity, hooks and a lyrical depth beneath the indie country styling which makes for a unique musical combination.
A menacing laughter greets us as the opening salvo of piano play enters the fold …