Patrick Barry aka Crooked Cat Adams is a prolific artist who just released his latest EP entitled 1000 Miles To Cordova. It’s arguably his best yet and felt the most filled out to me. The songs have a good amount of atmosphere and more layers of elements.
He opens with a great song entitled “Lone Bulb” which mixes organ, crunchy guitar and drums. What I really loved about it was the slow build. The song breathes and doesn’t rush. The music was great but what brings it all together are the catchy vocals. It’s one of Barry’s most emotionally resonant songs.
Up next is “There's Been A Death” which is the most electronic sounding track I have heard from Barry in recent memory. Something about the drum sound with the guitars in the background made it feel almost like a slower dance groove. The groove is catchy and again comes down to a great vocal performance.
“Utrillo” was a highlight. The song feels subdued and relies on a smooth, chill beat. The vocal delivery is weary almost gospel. My favorite moments were around the three-minute mark where the percussion falls away.
“1000 Miles To Cordova” is a short beautiful track. The horns were fantastic and so was the guitar work in this song, “Mad As The Moon” combines melancholy and hope with existential questions while “Reykjavik” closes the EP with a bright, joyful feel.
1000 Miles To Cordova was a cohesive EP and I can’t say I found any lulls. Barry is a true talent and his latest work is proof of that.
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