Patrick Ames – ‘Harmonium’
Hailing from Napa Valley, musician Patrick Ames has released the superb album ‘Harmonium’. It is a folk-rock release that is a classic album in the making.
‘No People Are Supreme’ opens the release to a warm production and inviting vibe. Ames’s charismatic voice draws the listener in. We adore the engaging lyrics and fantastic vocal performances.
‘Will I Ever Be Noticed’ is a stand-out song. We adore the punchy production, layered vocals and textured guitars. ‘Is It Okay If I Complain’ swims into the sonic spectrum, and as the track evolves, Ames speaks directly to the listener.
Finally, ‘Grace’ closes the release with moving vocals and an appreciative vibe. ‘Harmonium’ is an album that will have you reaching for the repeat button.
Patrick Ames says about the release, “‘Harmonium’ is the title of Wallace Stevens’s first book of poetry (1923), and I happened to be reading it while in my music studio about a century later, during the 2021-2022 Omicron virus wave.” He continues, “The poems were inspiring, so I borrowed the title for a new music project and then buried myself alive for about three months trying to emulate the inspiration.”
Ames is joined by musician and producer Jon Ireson and vocalist Chana Matthews on the release. Together, the team have crafted a compelling release where the individual tracks come together to form an impressive body of work. This is one of the reasons we hope the full album release never dies. It is a complex body of work that forms a bigger picture.
We are thrilled to have discovered ‘Harmonium’, and we can not recommend Patrick Ames highly enough. He is a troubadour of the highest calibre, and we can not wait to hear what he will do next. Until then, ‘Harmonium’ is available to stream from the link below.
FVMusicBlog June 2022
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