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Album Review: Patrick James 'Broken Lines'

A husky voice that will mellow you right out, Patrick James released his sophomore EP Broken Lines after just coming off the back on a massive tour and you’re going to be seeing his face a lot more we feel. 

Broken Lines features the signature honest and raw vocals of James that audiences fell in love with, backed by some beautiful tunes that soothes your soul. That familiar husky vocals reminds you of a Sam Bently from The Paper Kites or a Boy and Bear lead. We may have heard it before, but there is just something so unique about Patrick James that it all feels new and fresh. 

Message was the first single dropped from the EP and gosh you can’t help but get hooked by this one. Verging into an indie rock genre, the rawness of James’ voice just blends so well with the drum driven tune. The lyrics themselves are something special and definitely something that you can’t miss. You can never really go wrong with a catchy love song, and he has definitely nailed it on the head. 

You can feel that he’s put a lot of effort into this EP. The honesty in his lyrics transfers beautifully into his voice and it’s always lovely to hear an artist feel what they sing. However, like most artists in this genre, one runs the risk of sounding the same in each track, rehashing a soft guitar leading into drum crescendo and at times you do start to hear similar parts in tracks; James does get away with it, however it might be something to worry about when a full length album is dropped.

He does experiment with his tracks though which is awfully exciting. Included at the end of the downloadable EP, is an alternative version of Message. Experimenting with sounds between acoustic guitar and produced tunes, his vocals are tied together with a combination of live and produced music. It added a lot of spice to the record and showed off some skills we hadn’t heard through the whole EP. Maybe something worth considering to pursue? Who knows?

OLYMPIA also features on the record and provides some fantastic countermelodies that are so beautifully matched with a string section in the background and really shines as a track. For some reason the female vocals really adds a whole extra depth to James’ sound and seems so appropriate since we hear so much from the male side of love. They complement each other perfectly, whoever decided to make these two work together deserves a pat on the back.

For a still relatively new act, he has a very developed and honest song writing skill and can work his pen almost as beautifully as he does with a guitar. His experiments in music are totally rad, and his acoustic sets would be beautiful; I would definitely love to see him live. This is definitely an EP to check out if you’re into the indie Boy and Bear stuff, ticks all the boxes.

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