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As has become customary for our birthday celebrations, we’re extremely excited to bring you another compilation album featuring the cream of the North East crop.

The album is FREE to download from our Bandcamp page; today, we focus on Rhys Patterson’s track, Dog.

Rhys Patterson – Dog

Gorgeous fingerpicked melodies juxtapose an exploration of a dark, deteriorating relationship; the hushed vocals and harmonies recall the finest and most intimate work of Sufjan Stevens and Elliot Smith. It may be short, but Patterson makes the most of each second; there isn’t an ounce of excess to be found anywhere, with the multi-tracked melodies being intricate but far from over-the-top. The song is both beautifully vivid and brilliantly minimalistic.

“It’s the first song I wrote when I was about 16 so it makes sense to me that it should be the first song that people get to hear. I’m not 100% sure what I was writing about at the time but it’s probably about being in an abusive relationship with someone but loving them regardless… Pretty old fashioned really.” Rhys says.

With an already impressive career under his belt, playing live with SLUG and working with Field Music, it seems that Dog is only the beginning of a career that will yield some utter masterpieces.

 

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