January 24, 2017 |

As It Is – “Okay”

As It Is – “Okay”

January 24, 2017 |

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Since the release of their highly-praised 2015 debut album Never Happy, Ever After, Brighton, UK’s As It Is have garnered an ever-growing, devout fan following with their sincere and relatable lyrics, charged with energised pop-rock melodies.

With the release of their sophomore album Okay., the members of the transatlantic quintet – Patty Walters (vocals), Benjamin Biss (vocals, guitar), Andy Westhead (guitar), Patrick Foley (drums), Alistair Testo (bass) – push themselves both musically and lyrically to craft their most personal and honest record to date. To record okay., As It Is trod new territory with producer Mike Green by molding a record that leaves the band unabashedly honest and entirely transparent, expanding their sonic depth while still holding on to the classic As It Is undertones that fans have grown to love and hold on to.

The first track of the album is one of my favourites from As It Is, "Pretty Little Distance". Being the first track of "okay" means it gives you the first insight to their new sound, their sound hasn't changed drastically but you can tell they have changed which is a positive thing because it seems they have found their style and sound which is always a good thing for a band! The track starts off with a nice, happy guitar riff followed by those iconic vocals from Patty. The lyrics are awesome and fit the whole criteria of the song, along with the drum beat to this, this song is very uplifting and puts you into a very happy mood. The video along with the track is perfect, the whole vibe suits the song so well!

Second track is "okay" starts with a great guitar riff followed by those classic Patty vocals. This song is very catchy, it's one of those songs you can pick up instantly and will be singing along by the second chrous.

Third track on "okay", is "Hey Rachel".. I love the lyrics to this track! "Hey Rachel I'm sorry, I was younger and scared when you needed me" lyrics that I guess, a lot of teens and people in their early 20's could possibly relate too. The drum beat is catchy and clear when the song goes quiet and slow mid way through the song.

"Patchwork Love" is the next track, the song names to this album are great! A definite 60's vibe! Automatically my favourite song when those guitars start, this is a track that gives me goose bumps and is the literal music to my ears. The bass is so clear in this also, great production!

Next up is "Curtains Close", this seems to be a common slow track which to be fair is a necessity to every album. Listening to this lyrics carefully to this song, it's pretty deep with what vocalist Patty is talking about. Benjamin and Patty's harmonies fit so well with this track, it's so peaceful.