ALBUM REVIEW: Pan•American ‎- The Patience Fader | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 18.02.22







Pan•American’s guitar instrumentals have a grave, expectant dreaminess about them. Something has happened, or perhaps something is about to happen. Not a word is spoken: there is no need for this. Mark Nelson doesn’t sing at all on his ninth solo album – every now and then a woman’s voice rises and sweetly fades away. Almost exactly in the middle of the record a creaky gate is pushed open, or gets shut forever. We’ll never know.

There are some rough edges, unresolved horizons – tentative melodies and ghostly, strident harmonica lines. The Patience Fader feels beautifully time-worn, like the tattered folk songs of Jandek, or the weather-beaten tales of Sherwood Anderson, Mark Nelson’s music comes from an ancient yet infinitely close place: it has a soul.


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