Phil Edwards Band: Slow Borders
By Jonathan Carson
‘Slow Borders’, the debut album from the Phil Edwards Band, is the antidote to your pre-winter blues. Give the CD case a shake and you’re likely to discover sand, shells, and other remnants of summer. Chuck the CD in, hit play, and you’ll hear the soothing sounds that should have been the soundtrack to the season. With the sensual swagger of John Mayer and Jack Johnson, lead singer and songwriter, Phil Edwards, meanders through melody with a delicate confidence. Guitarist and backing vocalist, Tom Charleson, brings his experience with Auckland band Tahuna Breaks as a key contributor to song writing and musical direction. ‘Slow Borders’ was mostly recorded in Auckland, but the band also spent a week recording at Edwards’ studio in the Hawke’s Bay. It was mixed in New York by Grammy Award winning producer, Dave O’Donnell (Eric Clapton, Ray Charles), and mastered at Sterling Sound, also in New York, by Ryan Smith (Beyonce). This is not just a name-drop – the album really shows the attention. The first single and album opener, Crash, is a beach bop boasting world class production. The album dabbles in blues, folk, and gritty (can’t quite say ‘rock’), and is a well-rounded debut release. If had only arrived four months earlier.