Patrick Martyn is a musician located in South East England. He recently released an album entitled From Moment to Moment. The album contains a whopping sixteen songs so it’s essentially a double album.
The album is very warm and inviting. I was reminded of a number of folk artists but the most apparent to me felt like Bon Iver. In particular it sounded similar to his self-titled album Bon Iver in terms of aesthetics and color. Sufjan Stevens also came to mind.
The album starts with “Snow Falls, Ice Thaws” and you get this warm swell of serene sounds. Sigur Ros actually came to mind at first because of the soundscape. Piano is gently introduced with the vocals and I had a feeling I was going to love the song and the rest of the album which I did. The song builds with tenderness and warmth that gives you a sense of solace. There’s also horns in this song which make it even better. It gains traction with drums and the song is a fantastic opener.
The second song “Story of Me” starts with an absolutely beautiful and technically impressive piano section. I loved the vocals which are sung on top of it. The song feels like it’s cascading ripples of melody. It's subtly dynamic. Other elements are introduced but nothing is heavy or hard hitting. It’s lush, atmospheric and surrounding.
“Life in All Things” is a little more cerebral, experimental and perhaps even psychedelic. The warmth and serene soundscape is still there however. There’s a good amount of space in the song.
“Can’t Rely on the Weather” is more earth bound and not as dream-like in some ways. It’s a very joyful sound with warmth but it also has bright parts. I would say this is one, if not the most single worthy song, on the album. As the album progresses there’a a lot of songs that were not only great but made it feel fluid. Martyn creates vignettes like "Transition" and "The Famous I" which lead into the more meaty songs.
The very next song “When It Rains, It Rains” seems to act like an experimental intro to “Friends and Family.” “Friends and Family” is another beautiful song that is intimate with fantastic vocals harmonies and gorgeous piano and guitar work.
There’s a lot more left on the album to appreciate - the banjo on “Run Little Darling,” the cosmic soundscapes and distorted guitar on “Shouldn’t Have Drunk.” The closer “Just an Idea” is a highlight and the first time Elliot Smith came to mind.
Suffice it to say this is a truly great album. The songwriting, production and everything else coalesces into a very fulfilling listening experience.
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