It’s not often I get the chance to listen to albums before they come out, but I jumped at the chance to have a preview listen to the first album from Patchy. It may not seem incredibly sensitive to live tweet a review of someone’s album because lets face it, no one likes to be judged, and no one likes to be judged in a drawn out manner over 40 minutes. But I did…
Track 1 – Dreams – Upbeat, great track to start an album.
Track 2 – Picnic – Says it in the title, a summer track me thinks…sat in regents park with a stereo…
Track 3 – Brixtonia – A bit heavier, darker maybe, self-reflective and thought provoking lyrics.
Track 4 – Solutions – Beautifully simplistic guitar intro, combined with lyrics full of soul.
Track 5 – Vessel (Interlude) – Instrumental track. Great to accompany on a workout.
Track 6 – Happy Dark Spirit – Dark with hints of classical. Lyrics worth listening closely to.
Track 7 – Control – Dare I say it, a fab track that hints at soft techno disco but with urban undertones.
Track 8 – Delicate – Opens with synths and takes you on a gentle journey through the agonised, honest lyrics.
Track 9 – City – Really soulful&kind, would suggest it is of the female ‘Seal’ ilk. (Seal the singer…).
Track 10 – Starting Now – Upbeat and lyrically deep close to a great eclectic album.
Bonus track – Picnic (Acoustic) – Absolutely beautiful piano version of my stand out track of the album.
Overall, wonderful lyrics and vocals. A great debut album with a wide range of styles making it hard to pin down. Illuminations by @patchyofficial is an unearthed gem.
Illuminations by Patchy is out on Manual Music in June 2013.
You can find out more about Patchy on her website.