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If you'd like to write about my music, here's the press release I've been sending out to people
William Patrick Owen draws on a rich heritage of 60s style fingerpicking folk guitarists like Nick Drake and Bert Jansch and applies to it an updated dreamy melancholy, creating introspective soundscapes with a deeply psychological lyricism.
Sounds like: Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, early Genesis, Elliot Smith, Sufjan Stevens, James Blackshaw, Six Organs of Admittance
Debut album ‘first person singular’ charts the course of the regressive self from incipient euphoria to wilted self-acceptance. It lingers in a hangover haze of introspection coursing through themes as broad as identity, queer love and anxiety, and settling into its own distinct quotidian daydream.
It opens with the flickering strums and raucous vocals of ‘Settle Down’, soothes with the longing of ‘Lilac Thunder’, internalises with the guilt-ridden ‘Homme Fatale’, and mellows to a naturalistic hum on ‘Dionysus and Apollo’.
The album is inherently biographical and not; idiosyncratic and accessible, it is a sharing of the songwriter’s entire self but an expose of the common modes of being in postmodern life.
The first songs are invigorating and life-affirming, with a hint of punk; this dissipates into songs you could cry, sleep or simply relax to.
It’s music that begs to be listened to carefully, whether in one’s own room or on a long walk.
About me - I guess
“This is an erudite work that really deserves to be heard on vinyl, in a darkened room; just you & your William Patrick Owen epiphany.”
Get to the Chorus
“William Patrick Owen’s acoustic mind-set to such deep meaningful matters is quite different to what is out there at the moment. I feel many will be able to relate with his music, I admire the boldness of some of the lyrics and the album has a sense of free speech, at times it is shocking but leaves you wanting more. It is music that begs to be listened to carefully.”
“Folk artist William Patrick Owen’s music is strongly based on stunningly dreamy and melancholic soundscapes and deepening lyricism”
The best part of the album is the vision that goes into each track. They’re strange and insular, each track feels like it’s own little world and you’re picturing environments from the instrumentals alone. That’s where ‘first person singular’ shines- in it’s incredible backing tracks. It almost feels like the instrumentals alone could be an album.
That’s not to discredit Owen’s lyrics or vocals, they’re both extremely important and he has a soft and soothing voice, almost like Dave Bayley of Glass Animals in ‘Gooey’. As you may have inferred from the title of the album, ‘first person singular’, the entire album is sang in first person. Owen states that he isn’t exactly sure who he’s singing to. This uncertainty provides flexibility and gives the album that experimental sound and leaves us as listeners to create our own universe for each track.
The Music Site
Podcast saying nice things about homme fatale and the album as a whole. Likens it to Sufjan Stevens and Perfume Genius!
“ Like a slow, solemn river passing beneath heavy urban bridges and ancient temple arches, the melancholy magnetism of First Person Singular pulls the listener into its drifting current and saturates the very air with atmospheres of moody reflections, and, unlike the folk music from the time period from which William has come, there is no whimsy or fancifulness to be had. All is introverted self-explorations of the most detailed variety.”
Your Hand Hand In Your Ticket
“The album seems to have been painstakingly crafted to make perfect use of easily-overlooked nooks and crannies and injects that bliss you feel when discovering them. First Person Singular even seems to generate it’s own power source carried by precise picking and bordering-hymnal vocals.
Resonance FM - The Relatives
I played 5 songs and was interviewed on the The Relatively Good Radio Show - hosted by resident folk duo 'The Relatives'.
Folk Radio UK
And if all this is not reason enough to give it a listen, then let me tell you that this is an excellent first album. It is melancholia but in the tradition of British folk music that leaves you feeling good. The music does not impose itself, it laps around you, encourages you to become immersed and wants you to explore the words.