John Pattie is a musician from Austin, TX who has been playing around the scene but only recently released his first solo effort entitled The Home Inside My Head. The five songs each have their own sound to them and gives you an idea of what Pattie is capable of but also doesn’t paint a distinct general sound for Pattie.
There is a lot to appreciate here on this debut but I have to say better production and recording quality would have improved the listening experience. Some music works lo-fi and some doesn’t. In this case there are some many tones and textures that a bit more separation would have helped these songs along. That being said I wouldn't say the recording is bad and arguably a bit better sounding than your average demo.
The EP starts with “Skate Into the Dark” which is an impressive song. I was reminded of Bon Iver at times but the song had more energy then you can usually expect from Justin Vernon. The chorus is upbeat and extremely catchy. There is even a very pretty sounding instrumental part towards the three-minute-mark. I really liked “Skate Into the Dark” the more I listened to it.
There are some inventive aspects about the song “Won’t Be Young.” Most of it works but there were a couple of minor issues here and there. I thought the percussive elements while a focal center of the song contained too many high frequencies and took away from the vocal. The song isn’t as catchy as “Skate Into the Dark” but does succeed in creating an especially memorable chorus. I loved the whistling around the three-minute-mark.
“I’m Right Here” is a relatively straight rock/pop song. It’s uplifting and hopeful. The next song “Pieces” is subdued and reserved compared to “I’m Right Here” until it goes into a build up that seems to last a bit too long.
Pattie closes with the slow moving but grand “The End.” I would have loved to hear this song with professional production.
The good songwriting outweighs the scattered ideas on The Home Inside My Head. Pattie has a little bit of work to do in finding his niche. If he can improve the recording quality and define his sound a bit more on upcoming releases he should find himself in a really good space.
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