Harry Styles’ new single “As It Was” is just what we needed

Grace Cochrane, Editor-in-Chief

Before you continue reading, please know that this review is coming from a huge Harry Styles fan, one of the biggest at BSM. Proceed with caution and realize that this story might have major fangirling and could be slightly biased.

After waiting WAY too long for new Harry Styles music, the world finally got what they wanted on March 31. Styles last released music on December 13, 2019 with the release of his sophomore album “Fine Line.” Fans, like me, have been anticipating the release of new music since no one can really get enough of Harry. After a whole leg of his world tour, “Love on Tour,” and some acting, the world was due for some new music from Styles. With many rumors circulating, fans knew something was bound to happen by the end of March. When people said “the end of March,” they must have literally meant the end of March because the first single of Harry’s new era was released on the last day of March.

On March 23, Styles announced the release of his third album “Harry’s House.” The album is set to be released on May 20, 2022 (look out for a review). I was peacefully enjoying my breakfast during spring break the day after my birthday when I got the notification that “@harrystyles just shared a post.” Harry does not post on Instagram regularly so I immediately went to the post and the album cover was posted with the caption ‘Harry’s House. May 20.’ This might have been the best birthday present ever. My friends were calling me into group FaceTimes planning if Harry was going to have another album release show like he had for his previous album. My parents were very annoyed with me but I really don’t think they get it; I had been waiting so long for this, I could not believe it. And the day after my birthday? I’m definitely not going to shut up about it.

On March 28, Harry posted on Instagram and Twitter again with the caption ‘As It Was. April 1.’ The post also had photos from what looked like a music video. I was in my psychology class when this was posted and almost fell out of my chair. I then saw that the song and video were coming out at 12 A.M. UK time which meant 6 P.M. on Thursday for me. I was going to get it so much sooner than I thought. On March 30, a teaser of the song and music video was posted. It gave such indie-pop-rock-Wallows-eighties vibes, I knew I was going to like it.

The song is now out and it is incredible. I obviously knew I was going to enjoy it but I did not know I was going to enjoy it this much. It sounds so much different than other Harry songs which I really like. If this song is a preview of anything the album is going to sound like, you will see me listening to the album 24/7 and attending all of the shows for the album that I can go to. The song has a nice drum beat and nice instrumentals. It almost reminds me of “Stranger Things” and is just a very happy beat. The song really just makes you want to get up and dance or drive with the windows down. There really is no in between.

The song starts with a voice note from Harry’s goddaughter saying “Come on, Harry, we wanna say goodnight to you!” Is that not the cutest thing ever? I melted. A lot of Harry’s songs are very vulnerable which is why I appreciate his music so much but this song is just different for some reason. It is super vulnerable and I don’t know if it is because it is a single, but I really was not expecting a super exposing song right away. Most of the super open songs are always tucked away a few tracks down in the album but not this one. As he wrote this song in quarantine, the song talks about sitting at home and how it is “not the way that it was.” One lyric that really hit me hard was “Answer the phone, Harry, you’re no good alone. Why are you sitting on the floor? What kind of pills are you on?” Ouch? That lyric hurt me so much when I heard it for the first time.

The video is also a masterpiece, oh my gosh. While the song and video are very upbeat and colorful, the message seems to be a lot darker. The video starts with Harry in a down coat and scarf. We then see him enter a big room with a girl and he is now in a jumpsuit but she ends up leaving him. Throughout the video we see the down coat and scarf come off but we then see him laying looking like a butterfly getting examined. I think this shows that being vulnerable means maybe feeling like you’re in the spotlight for a second. At the end of video, we see a dancing, happy Harry. I think this is supposed to show that even if things aren’t the same as they used to be, you can still make the most out of them.

Overall, this song and video mean a lot. I cannot wait for the album and you will never hear me shut up about Harry Styles.