Relationships ending are a part of life and have been a popular topic for musicians to write about since its inception. Phil Lewis explores “things that happen after a relationship has ended” on his latest six-song EP called Age Of Nothing in an accessible pop format. The subject of the end of a relationship is often associated with despair, evaluation, hope, and more despair. Lewis captures these emotions through an optimistic framework. He sings about “moving on” and “filling heart shaped holes” with vigor, hope and sense of moving on.
The EP opens with a catchy number called “Imprisoned,” which starts with building momentum. Flickers of feedback, a steady bassline and drums that get more intense as time passes to create a canvas in which Lewis sings. Lewis has an attractive voice that carries the song. It exudes a good combination of “tortured soul” and “hopeful romantic.”
“Ready” is another solid song where Lewis implements a couple of electronic elements and has a nostalgic vibe from beginning to end. Lewis weaves in memorable sing-a-long type vocal melodies that you will be humming along to in no time. He sings “I know longer afraid I don't feel so betrayed I'm ready to move on.”
“Age Of Nothing” is arguably the highlight of the album, which explores materialism as well as the criteria that some people use in order to judge someone. I enjoyed the “Devil Comes To Dance” as it was a nice change of pace. The song revolves around Lewis’s vocals and a bed of white noise made from his guitar. Don’t miss the best part at the end when the warm organ combines with the white noise. The album ends with the upbeat “Calling Me,” which seemed like the most commercially viable song on the album.
Lewis is an accomplished songwriter and the six songs on this EP are worth your time to check out. My only complaint is the songs sometimes feel predictable and recognizable although not to one particular source. Check it out.
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