SINGLE REVIEW: Patrick James – Up

After the release of his debut album ‘Outlier’ in 2016 and touring with the likes of The Paper kites, Boy & Bear and Emma Louise, Patrick James has had a bit of a break to re-discover what sort of artist he wants to be. And his forthcoming new EP ‘What We’re Fighting For’ is being labelled as career defining as it hears him returning with a polished and definitive sound that cites influences from the likes of The 1975, Lauv and Oh Wonder. Whilst it would be easy to say that he is just trying to follow current musical trends, the lead single ‘Up’ is a perfect representation that this is the sound he was always meant to create. The dreamy indie-pop track takes his acoustic roots and transforms it into something bigger and more cinematic. With a simple piano and percussion beat floating through the verses, the chorus then adds in slight synths that creates a bigger atmosphere. It’s a song with a whole lot of emotions backing it as he explores maturity and letting go of things that happened in the past so he can continually grow. “Whenever I’m up you seem to shut me down. Whenever I go under, you pull me out. Don’t know if I can’t take it, take it, take it, whenever I am up”. It’s the perfect re-introduction to who he is as an artist and will have you intrigued to hear the rest of the EP to see how he extends this new sound.  

What We’re Fighting For Australian Tour 

Sat 6 April – The Lansdowne, Sydney

Fri 12 April – Workers Club, Melbourne 

Thu 18 April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane 

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