I had a chance to review The Home Inside My Head by Jon Pattie about a year ago. One of my concerns about the album was the production value. It was a DIY effort and while it certainly was listenable it wasn’t bringing the songs to their potential. Pattie recorded the three songs on 3 2 1 with a professional studio and it was professionally mastered as well. Well the proof is the pudding folks. These songs sound great and I’m sure Pattie isn't willing to take a step back after hearing the results.
Musically, his songs fit in a folksy singer/songwriter pop genre. The songs are warm, clean and intimate even during the crescendos. He opens with “Stranded In The Ocean.” It starts with an acoustic and shimmering ride cymbal. Bass and vocals enter into the mix to get the verse moving along. The chorus is melodic, catchy and well-delivered. There weren’t any unexpected deviations along the way but the song was still thoroughly enjoyable.
Up next is “Home” which is another solid song. This track is a little more melancholy and nostalgic than the opener. The orchestral strings gave it an emotional weight. I thought the lyrics were a little too saccharine during certain parts but it was only a minor issue. He closes with “Tied Up In The Sheets” which was my personal favorite track of the three. The song spews optimism along with some good singing and guitar lines. A good choice to close the EP with.
Pattie is obviously vested in music and was striving to improve from his last release. That's a necessity if you want to grow an audience and also to make your art feel like it's evolving. I think Pattie has made some notable improvements and hope that his best work is still to come.
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