Reviews:: pat JORDACHE Future Songs

Without question, NXNE killed me this year. The sun, the bands, the energy; I was constantly on the move and after playing the NXNE “Right to Play” footie game on Sunday afternoon, I was spent. Congrats NXNE. You’ve won.

 

The thing is, as I went venue to venue or panel to panel, I had the freedom to throw on music and simply soak in the sun and the sounds. No meetings. No phonecalls. No distractions. Sure, my evenings in the Big Smoke were filled with some of Canada’s best roots and folk acts, but the days were sound tracked by some breathtaking and creative acts that show the potential and talent missing from so many bands in today’s musical landscape.

 

Perhaps the most surprising was the email I got from Pat Gregoire about his latest musical endeavor. Performing under the moniker Pat Jordache, Future Songs is a record stripped free from collaborative process and restrictions. Pat uses a sensual baritone to pierce through beautifully constructed lo-fi noise collages and understated pop melodies, unconcerned by fixed structure or time limits. Pat’s minimal constructions use noise and rolling bass as the unsteady foundation, but it’s the tangents of shimmering guitar that pique your interest and his charisma that makes the songs so immediate.

 

He moves from confident to fractured seamlessly, but he refuses to settle for melancholic crooning. Whether it’s spoken word, turning the microscope back on radio, or just honest admissions, Pat never lets his songs drift into sarcastic, melodramatic attacks. With all of the successful bands that Pat has played in, it’s not surprising that Future Songs is such a diverse and solid listen, but the cohesive way he pulls together those experiences certainly is. He can move in the shadows with dark arrangements or offer uplifting, blissful compositions - just give a listen to the almost Hezekiah Jones-like folk number “Gold BOUND” - and handle the transitions with a graceful touch.

 

Head over to his bandcamp site now and grab the goods.

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MP3:: pat JORDACHE - phantom LIMB

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MP3:: pat JORDACHE - gold BOUND
WEB:: http://patjordache.com

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