Philip Rambow – “Things Are Not Looking Good” – New Single Out Now

If you enjoy that old school country/authentic country style with real-life type lyrics and want to get as far away from pop as you possibly can then this song may be right up your street. Having co-written the track There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis with Kirsty MacColl you can see a refreshing similarity in the musical stylings that seem to be so rare these days.

The farming lifestyle lyrics are comedic with that optimistic spin in the melody and vocals. It isn’t exactly a down-trodden song despite the words but more of a cleverly sarcastic way of looking at life when it doesn’t go as it should. One thing it does make you do is listen  over and over again to catch all the lyrics.

The more I listen to this song, the more I like it. I have nothing like this in my collection anymore and makes me kind of miss traditional music a bit.

The instrumentation is incredibly enjoyable especially at the intro with the fast paced fiddle.


Philip Rambow is a Canadian singer-songwriter, based in England.

From his early days in the Winkies, working with Brian Eno, Mick Ronson and Hans Zimmer, to his success in the London pub-rock scene, Rambow went on to co-writing hit songs for the likes of Kirsty McColl, Nick Gilder and Ellen Foley.

After some time out of the spotlight, Rambow re-emerged in 2015 with his critically acclaimed release Whatever Happened To Phil Rambow, listed in the top albums of the year (Goldmine). This was followed by the 2018 track “The Hobo’s Lullaby’ from the Music Minds project, a charity record championing mental health awareness.

2019 sees Rambow return with the Americana-influenced single “Things Are Not Looking Good”, his first on London-based indie label Fretsore Records. The track will be promoted with a number of tour dates across the UK this summer, followed by an album of all-new recordings, Canadiana, due later in the year.


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