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The Everyday Magazine
"Humming with psychedelia, this is one long, drawn out musical trip."
Living Life Fearless
Immediately, with the opening title track, with its multilayered, looped vocals Owen tells us that he is going into a completely different direction ― one that can be certainly labeled as ambient folk.
Ok, the acoustic guitar is there somewhere, but it is just a part of a moody, dreamlike setting that Owen creates on the 11 tracks here. It is multilayered, painstakingly created music, so it is no wonder that it took him 3 years to create it.
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.
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'.
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.
“ 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.”
Get to the Chorus
“This is an erudite work that really deserves to be heard on vinyl, in a darkened room; just you & your William Patrick Owen epiphany.”
Podcast saying nice things about homme fatale and the album as a whole. Likens it to Sufjan Stevens and Perfume Genius!
“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 Music Site
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.
About William Patrick Owen
If you'd like to write about my music, here's the press release I've been sending out to people
London-based lo-fi dream folk artist William Patrick Owen returns with his sophomore release Dreams on the Moon - an atmospheric voyage into the depths of the mind.
Following his lyrical debut First Person Singular, Owen here creates textured atmospheres that are best experienced on a long, lonely walk in the city at night.
Made across a three-year period including the pandemic, Owen says the songs are each interpretations of dreams that had haunted him throughout this time of his life.
He uses feedback and manipulated vocal loops to build a dense haze of a world. His lyrics focus on shadow figures, psychedelic journeys and creativity as a form of escape.
‘Lilac Moon’ fuses alt-folk guitar with woozy vocals, as Owen sings forlornly for a dreamed-up love. On ‘Time Runs Away’ Owen’s melancholy lyrics crescendo alongside increasingly textured guitars.
The album’s centrepiece, the 16-minute long ‘Land of Cracks’, is a journey through psychedelic forms, with proggy folk giving way to dense drones.
While Owen uses different instrumentation and genres throughout Dreams on the Moon, he focuses on a particular atmosphere throughout, creating an otherworldly place that absorbs the listener.
This is an album that rewards multiple listens, delving as it does in ambiguity and the unconscious.
Dreams on the Moon was released on William Patrick Owen’s website and streaming platforms on 14 January 2022.