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Davis John Patton – A Tale of Rescue [Review]

Davis John Patton – A Tale of Rescue [Review]

Singer-songwriter Davis John Patton shares his latest track ‘A Tale of Rescue’.

Although following in the vocal tradition of Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow, Davis John Patton offers a refreshing take on the moody singer-songwriter genre with ‘A Tale of Rescue,’ the first track off his debut EP, Forest Park.

This acoustic guitar-driven track sees the Midwestern songsmith tackle topics like doubt and desparation with moving, and surprisingly uplifting, tenderness. Patton’s portrait of a hopeless castaway brings to mind the stormy, introspective lyricism of Irish singer- songwriter Glen Hansard, though with a distinct Americana twist.

While other tracks on the EP, particuarly the poignant ‘By Now I Know It Well,’ take inspiration from the digitally manipulated vocal effects that Bon Iver explored on the acclaimed 2016 album, 22, A Million, ‘A Tale of Rescue’ mostly steers clear of these folktronica associations, allowing Patton to present himself first and foremost as a capable and genuine folk singer.

Very few debut EPs have dared express the level of vulnerability that Patton has laid bare on ‘A Tale of Rescue.’ It’s fair to argue that this is the area in which Patton’s appeal mostly lies. Through simple strumming guitar and gentle piano ornamentation, Patton sets down a strong foundation for the rest of his EP. With purity, honesty, and authenticity, ‘A Tale of Rescue’ marks Patton as an upcoming singer-songwriter worthy of a second listen.


Review by Lucy O’Toole

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