“We Fall Out of Touch” EP Patrick Park
Indie rock with folk sensibilities, but clearly distinguished from the predictable neo folk blandness that can be typical of the genre. This is the 7th EP — together with 3 CDs — that the Colorado-born, L.A.-based singer-songwriter has released since his debut in 2000. We Fall Out of Touch is a highly personal set of songs. All of the tracks illustrate his careful attention to craft and feature his strong, clear voice. The album was produced by Dave Trumfio, also known for his work with Wilco, Grandaddy and others.
Recommended: 3 (FCC), 2, 1, 6. Play radio-friendly version of 3 on separate disc!!
1. (3:48) All or Nothing — Softly strumming guitar. Really reminiscent of Father John Misty on the airy vocals. Whistling in lead break. Simple, yet beautifully complete. ***
2. (3:16) Break Free — Bass and rhythm guitar in 3/4 time — with a dash of electric guitar in the lead breaks. ***
3. (3:31) We Fall Out of Touch — Warning: FCC — “f-cked this up” Catchy, sorrowful ballad. Drums give this track a nice, easy-going energy. Best track on the CD. PLAY THE RADIO-FRIENDLY VERSION ON SEPARATE DISC. ****
4. (4:05) Hell If I Know — Big folk ballad. Soaring, John Denver-like vocals. Minimal rhythm track.
5. (3:24) The House Is Burning Down — Acoustic storytelling style. Park’s quavering vocals and lush harmonies are accompanied by spare guitar and/or bass.
6. (5:33) In Our Sunday Clothes — Only real electric track on the EP. Ringing electric guitar, rolling muffled drums and a clock-like rhythm create a tension that acts as a counterpoint to Park’s lofty vocals. **
1. (3:31) We Fall Out of Touch (Radio Edit) — FCC Clean. Catchy, sorrowful ballad. Drums give this track a nice, easy-going energy. Best track on the CD. ****