Album 'We Were Wild' out 11 November 2016
Out on tour November and December
Video for ‘No River’
Xtra Mile Recordings is pleased to announce that it will release Esmé Patterson's third album; We Were Wild on CD and limited edition magenta vinyl on 11 November 2016. The album is available to download from our shop right now.
Check out the video to lead track ‘No River’.
When you're used to something, routine can be the most fun thing to smash to pieces. So it was that Esmé's efficient, straight-from-live recordings that served her so well for debut All Princes, I and breakthrough album 2014's Woman To Woman were jettisoned in favour of a prolonged period of pre-production. With it came splashes of vibrant colour, a swirl of hazy reverb, a twang of country and some sharper, more distorted and choppier electric guitars. It all lends necessary contrast and depth to the albums theme of seeking what Esmé's spirit needs, and indeed perhaps helping the listener on their way too, as explicitly suggested in 'Find It'.
'Feel Right' is a high energy opener, a happy-go-lucky Esmé careening into early 2000s garage rock. As a statement of intention lyrically and musically, it goes a long way to explaining the rest of the album, while sounding a little off kilter from it. ‘No River’ is a little more familiar but with the misty echoes and brittle sounds promised earlier, all allowing Esmé's evocative voice to swim in textured waters. 'The Waves' draws the sound underwater, adding a murkier, mysterious swarm of sound. 'Wantin' Ain't Gettin'' pedal steels to safety, gliding on a gorgeous shimmering melody. Lynchpin track 'Find It' has an almost doo-wop verse and chiming chords contrasting a sober warning about waiting too long to seek what you desire.
We Were Wild is a cohesive but experimental album, teasing further ambitions without losing the glorious clutch of melodies and harmonies that hammers Esmé's songwriting into your heart every time. Last time around, Esmé broke stereotypes and the one-dimensional views on females in songs. This time she's snapping her own restraints and weaving her way to more freedom than she ever thought she could have.
Catch Esmé on tour this winter when she supports Frank Turner throughout November and December as well as her own headline shows in
and . London
"Really looking forward to my British Entrance (‘brentrance’) tour this November and December, opening for the one and only Frank Turner! Thanks so much to the wonderful folks at Xtra Mile for releasing We Were Wild to the rest of the world, it's such a pleasure working with that rad team. See you soon,
Tue 15th Dublin The Ruby Sessions, Doyles Bar – headline show
Wed 16th Dublin Olympia Theatre
Salisbury City Hall
Mon 21st Liverpool O2 Academy
Carlisle Sands Centre
The Empire Coventry
The Great Hall Cardiff
New Theatre Oxford
The Great Hall Exeter
Refectory Leeds University
The Garage Aberdeen
Sat 3rd Edinburgh Usher Hall
Mon 5th Scunthorpe Baths Hall
Tue 6th Warrington Parr Hall
Nottingham Rock City
Sat 10th De La Warr Pavilion
Guildford G Live
Tues 13th London Servant Jazz Quarters – Headline show
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